BEIJING - A senior official highlighted, and condemned, the abuse of social network websites, admitting that managing them posed a challenge for the government.
Networks such as Facebook and Twitter pose new problems for social management, Wang Chen, minister of the State Internet Information Office, said in a keynote speech at the 4th UK-China Internet Roundtable.
"Many people are considering how to prevent the abuse of these networks following violent crimes that took place in some parts of the world this year," he said.
Parts of Britain were rocked by riots in August, many of them organized by utilizing social network sites.
China has more than 500 million netizens, of which 300 million are users of Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, he said.
"Everyone involved should observe the law and safeguard the norms of social morality. The Internet should not be used to jeopardize the national or public interest, or the legitimate rights and interests of other citizens," Wang, also minister of the State Council Information Office, said.