Over 4,000 accounts on live-streaming websites have been shut down in China for disseminating “obscene and vulgar content” since a new cyberspace regulation came into effect this month, state media reported. Reports of violent, obscene and vulgar content on live- streaming websites abound, Xinhua news agency reported. In November, the Cyberspace Administration of China published a regulation that bans the use of live-streams to undermine national security, destabilize society, disturb social order, infringe upon others’ rights and interests, and disseminate inappropriate content, including pornography. Also Read - Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered massive outageAlso Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
According to the regulation, service providers are obliged to censor content before releasing it and are instructed to establish a system that would allow them to block improper live streams immediately.
So far, more than 4,500 accounts on the Beijing-based websites were closed and more than 3,100 illegal live streaming programs have been removed, according to Beijing’s cyberspace administration. Administration officials said they will enhance regulation efforts to “safeguard order in the internet industry.” They also called on the public to join in supervision. ALSO READ: Porn site Brazzers hacked, 800,000 accounts compromised
The new regulation on live streaming also make it compulsory for presenters to register with their real names. Despite periodic restrictions, China’s social media being used by millions of Chinese through their mobile phones has emerged as an alternative media challenging the monopoly on the official media.