Weak scrutiny makes apps a safe bet
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.