‘17’ app founder con­fined for in­ap­pro­pri­ate video

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

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.

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