Summary Box: China Web firms told to curb content

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THE REQUIREMENTS: China’s Internet companies must tighten control over material online, though no details were given on how.

HOW THE WARNING CAME: The party secretary for Beijing issued the warning after visiting Sina Corp., which operates a popular microblogging site, according to the party-published newspaper Beijing Daily.

THE BACKDROP: This comes as China’s Communist government cracks down on dissent and tries to block the rise of Middle East-style protests.