‘17’ app founder confined for inappropriate video
American- Taiwanese entertainer and media personality Jeffrey Huang ( ) yesterday was charged by prosecutors for having inappropriate material on his live streaming video app “17” and ordered confined to his residence and restricted from exiting the country.
In response to the charges, Huang said that he “felt wronged” by the affair. “I feel that I am innocent,” Huang said, and pointed out that his company Machipopo Corp. was just a local company working hard to expand its services, and looked forward to beating popular social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
“We’ll do our best to cooperate with the authorities regarding anything illegal,” Huang said. “We just want the problems to die down.”
Two days after the shelving of the once-popular app by the App Store and Google Play, Huang and five other people were taken in for questioning by prosecutors. After being charged, Huang had restrictions placed on his mobility.
Huang and an investor surnamed Chen were earlier questioned by the Criminal Investigation Bureau due to the app’s lax user review checks. They were sent to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office under charges of offenses against sexual morality and the Child and Youth Sexual Prevention Act. The five suspects were later questioned by Shilin investigation officials who looked into the app’s membership data.
Before entering the Taipei District Prosecutors Office for questioning, Huang commented that his app had garnered unwanted attention from the public and police due to “doing glaringly bad things.”
Inappropriate material included users live streaming revealing footage, pornography and children bathing. Chiu Cheng-ti (
), captain of the CIB’s Ninth Investigation Corp, reportedly discovered the inappropriate images circulating on the app after media reports at the end of August, deeming the images as “clearly illegal.”
Internet users are advised to reconsider the suitability of the video’s material before uploading it online, authorities said, discouraging such acts based on a user’s need to “gratify their vanity.”
The app was released in July, and made waves in terms of app rankings for its celebrity-backed promotional efforts on its livestreaming capabilities. Over 1.3 million users downloaded the app within two months of its debut and squeezed its way into the U.S. Apple App Store’s No. 1 Free App position.
Jeffrey Huang ( ), founder of the controversial live streaming app “17” speaks out after his questioning session with the Taipei District Prosecutors Office, yesterday. He stated that he felt wronged by the affair, despite saying that his company will continue to cooperate with investigation efforts. Huang was ordered confined to his residence and restricted from exiting the country.