Weak scru­tiny makes apps a safe bet

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - GAM­BLING APPS

can still be down­loaded from app plat­forms, such as Ap­ple’s App Store, and ad­ver­tise­ments for them can be seen on pop­u­lar news apps such as Toutiao from time to time, thanks to these apps chameleon-like trick of dis­play­ing au­tho­rized con­tent dur­ing the day and links to the gam­bling apps at night. Bei­jing News com­mented on Mon­day:

The longevity of gam­bling apps even in Ap­ple’s App Store points to a shady mar­riage of il­le­gal in­ter­ests. Those run­ning the apps pay so-called agen­cies to open a le­git­i­mate ac­count on var­i­ous plat­forms, where they clan­des­tinely pro­mote their apps dur­ing night hours.

Both the “mid­dle­men” and the ser­vice plat­forms are sup­posed to know what is go­ing on with these du­bi­ous ac­counts. But nei­ther of them has done any­thing to put a stop to it. As a re­sult, many think it is okay to give it a go be­cause the apps are “en­dorsed” by big-name com­pa­nies.

Cre­at­ing gam­bling apps or con­tribut­ing to their

op­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court and the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate, is deemed to be run­ning a casino.

If the news ser­vice apps prove to have prof­ited from the il­le­gal gam­bling apps, they too should be held ac­count­able.

It is no news that some hit news apps dis­play links to ob­scene and gam­bling con­tent at mid­night, when the su­per­vi­sion is rel­a­tively weaker. That could have se­ri­ous con­se­quences given their users in­clude chil­dren. Po­lice in­ter­ven­tion is thus called for to en­sure a healthy on­line en­vi­ron­ment.

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