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Chinese government 'monitors coronavirus comments on social media'

The Chinese government is reportedly monitoring social media to track what its citizens are saying about the coronavirus.

Officials are tracking sites like Twitter and messaging apps like WeChat in order to see whether citizens are sharing negative information about the virus, Vice reports.

The Chinese government closely monitors social media posts and has even been known to censor posts that it considers to be unhelpful.

And in recent days, it is reported to have launched a crackdown on coronavirus-related posts, putting an increasing focus on individual comments.

The number of coronavirus cases globally has already surpassed the 80,000 mark.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk recently told people to "delete Facebook" because it's "lame".

The Tesla boss responded to actor Sasha Baron Cohen's tweet in which he called for the social media site to be regulated by governments.

The film star posted: "Why do we let one man control the information seen by 2.5 billion people?

"Facebook needs to be regulated by governments, not ruled by an emperor!"

And the billionaire businessman replied: "#DeleteFacebook It's lame."

The 'Borat' star has made no secret of his dislike of Mark Zuckerberg's business.

In 2019, the actor slammed Facebook and other social media apps for not cracking down on the spreading of hateful propaganda.

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