China Penalizes Live-Streaming Sites For Spreading Vulgar Content

June 24, 2020 0:56 pm

Beijing (PingWest)- China has imposed penalties on 10 of the country’s most popular live-streaming platforms for spreading low-taste content, as China issue tighter regulation on one of most popular internet sectors that has flourished since the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Tencent backed Huya and Douyu International Holdings Ltd, ByteDance’s Xigua Video, NetEase CC and Baidu Inc’s Quanmin, as well as the live-streaming platform run by Bilibili Inc were among those named by the Cyberspace Administration of China in an announced posted Tuesday.

After investigating 31 live-streaming platforms, Chinese regulator found out that these platforms have allowed vulgar and other low-taste content to circulate, citing indecent and otherwise uncovered dress codes and naughty language used by some female and male live-streamers. It also said some platforms spread illegal information on its main channel such as some delinquent content makers were using online learning to promote video games, and induce users to click and award naughty video contents.

Thus, the prevalence of an unhealthy content ecosystem has damaged the healthy development of live-streaming sector, Chinese regulator said, adding that “Those live-streaming sites should take social responsibility, business operation should not violate relevant laws and regulations.

As a result, Cyberspace Administration of China imposed penalties ranging from halting content updates on main channels, suspending new user sign-ups, and would put some of the offending live-streamers into a blacklist.

In response, Huya and Douyu, whose content main focus on games and entertainment, posted in the main recommendation section of their app that they suspended updates since Tuesday, without further elaboration.

Chinese authorities have been tightening regulations on the live-streaming sector. In May, China banned more than 50 hosts from live-streaming for five years.

Earlier this month Chinese state media China Central Television criticized Huya and Douyu, for putting gaming ads in a channel offering online courses for students who are confined to homes because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, the two platforms made immediate changes to their site to solve the issue and took down the gaming ads.