Live Net broad­casts tar­geted

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YI and MENGJING Con­tact the writ­ers at zhang_yi@chi­

The Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity is to cleanup live broad­casts on the in­ter­net and crack down on il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with them.

The oper­a­tion, ex­pected to be car­ried out na­tion­wide from the end of July to Oc­to­ber, will shut down the ac­counts, chan­nels and plat­forms for on­line live broad­casts in­volv­ing il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties, the min­istry said.

The oper­a­tion will tar­get in­for­ma­tion or ma­te­rial ad­vo­cat­ing pornog­ra­phy, vi­o­lence, ter­ror­ism and other crimes, and pro­grams or­ga­niz­ing porno­graphic per­for­mances or gam­bling.

Any­one in­volved in these il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties will be sub­ject to pun­ish­ment, the min­istry said.

As live broad­casts have be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in China, prob­lems have emerged. These in­clude the broad­cast­ing of porno­graphic per­for­mances and gam­bling, the min­istry said.

A joint work­ing sys­tem will be setup be­tween public se­cu­rity de­part­ments’ in­ter­net safety units and broad­cast plat­form providers.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to re­port any vi­o­la­tions to­ber­po­, a web­site set up by the min­istry.

China has 150 ma­jor web­sites pro­vid­ing on­line live broad­cast­ing plat­forms with a to­tal au­di­ence of more than 200 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

A state­ment from Inke, a widely used live stream­ing app that has been down­loaded more than 100 mil­lion times since be­ing founded a year ago, said: “We support the oper­a­tion. Stricter su­per­vi­sion from au­thor­i­ties will help boost the sound growth of on­line live broad­casts.”

A 1,000-strong re­view team from the com­pany over­sees such pro­grams around the clock. “It will re­port vi­o­la­tions to po­lice de­part­ments im­me­di­ately and pro­vide as­sis­tance in com­bat­ing il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties,” the com­pany said in a state­ment.

China's me­dia watch­dog has also stepped up ef­forts to clean up in­ter­net cul­ture by ban­ning in­de­cent ma­te­rial in videos on­line.

In April, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion, Ra­dio, Film and Tele­vi­sion or­dered Papi Jiang, a video blog­ger, to take her videos off­line for her use of “swear words and in­sult­ing lan­guage” in the show, which had more than 10 mil­lion fol­low­ers and has raised 12 mil­lion yuan ($1.8 mil­lion) from in­vestors.

Shen Yi, a pro­fes­sor of cyberspace man­age­ment at Fu­dan University, said there should be proper man­age­ment of cyberspace and the pa­ram­e­ters for in­de­cent in­for­ma­tion should be stip­u­lated and made public.

These should be an­nounced af­ter fully con­sult­ing the public and be based on con­certed opin­ion from so­ci­ety, Shen added.

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