Chinese TikTok received the heaviest penalty for its obscene content

08/01/2021 16:31 GMT + 7

Chinese authorities continue to work to ‘clean up’ cyberspace by punishing the country’s largest short video platform, Douyin.

Douyin is the Chinese version of TikTok. (Photo: The Strais Times)

Douyin is a short video service by ByteDance, owner of TikTok. The National Office of China ‘s National Pornographic and Criminal Publications Prevention Office announced on January 8 that Douyin was severely punished for spreading “obscene, pornographic” information.

Accordingly, some celebrities on Douyin have behaviors related to porn, smoking during live broadcasting, swearing … Some people even post WeChat accounts and QR codes to entice people to switch to the background. other platforms to commit acts in violation of regulations and laws.

Authorities did not announce the amount of the fine, but according to the United Nam Post Office in the morning, it only fell to “a few tens of thousands of yuan”. The penalty is too small for a large company like ByteDance, an anonymous source said, but the message is much bigger: they have to obey.

More than 900 reports of obscene and pornographic content on Douyin were sent to the authorities in 2020.

Under the direction of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the government has increased Internet controls and censorship of inappropriate content, including pornography, gambling, and fake news. Last month, China ordered the video platform Bilibili to “self-regulate for two weeks” and “comprehensively examine” illegal content.

Like every other Chinese content platform, ByteDance established its own content management group, with more than 20,000 people, according to news site LatePost. Douyin regularly reports on content management progress. For example, in November 2020, the application removed nearly 684,000 accounts for promoting illegal products, ineligible, closed 8,700 accounts accused of promoting fraudulent, obscene and obscene content. sex during live broadcast.

However, Douyin’s efforts are not enough to escape the strict scrutiny of the China Cyber ​​Administration. In December 2020, the agency banned 105 applications, including the popular travel app TripAdvisor, for spreading “obscene, violent, other illegal” content.

In the third quarter of 2020, nearly 9,000 illegal websites were closed. Platforms like Weibo, Douban, Sohu, and NetEase Music are also penalized for failing to fulfill their obligation to manage the information posted by users.

Du Lam (According to SCMP)

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