The Chinese government has banned photos of women and children from a popular social media platform after a group of users discovered it was selling them for up to $50.
The photo-sharing site Weibo has been blocked since late April, and users have been left posting photos of themselves on the platform.
In response to the news, several celebrities, including Kate Upton, have taken to social media to complain about the ban.
The Chinese Ministry of Culture has announced it will investigate Weibo’s legality, but the government’s actions are the latest in a wave of crackdowns on the social network that have swept the country since it was founded more than a decade ago.
“Weibo is not a government property, but it is not allowed to exist without the government,” Weibo founder and CEO Bobby Lee said in a statement.
He continued: “We are now actively pursuing legal actions against Weibo, but we will not allow Weibo to remain silent.”
In addition to Weibo bans, China’s censors have blocked other popular online services including WeChat, Instagram and Tencent’s Weibo mobile app, as well as many local news and sports sites.
While most of the country’s news sites have gone dark, Weibo is still able to broadcast news and images from the country, including from local news sources.
Many people also use the site to share news and photos of their homes, pets, and loved ones, and the news sites themselves can be accessed on Weibo.
However, the site is also known for offering other services, such as selling virtual goods and providing financial services.
In May, the government said it would start cracking down on fake news websites.