China shuts down au­dio apps for spread­ing porn and su­per­sti­tion

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

China’s top cy­berspace watch­dog has or­dered some 26 on­line au­dio plat­forms to shut down or rec­tify their ser­vices for spread­ing con­tent on pornog­ra­phy, his­tor­i­cal ni­hilism and su­per­sti­tion.

The Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China (CAC) an­nounced on Fri­day that the ad­min­is­tra­tion found 26 on­line plat­forms spread­ing il­le­gal au­dio files. Some of the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions were or­dered to be re­moved from ap­pli­ca­tion stores, while some were re­quested to shut down their ser­vices.

The plat­forms in­clude dat­ing app Soul, which re­quires users to fill in not only ba­sic in­for­ma­tion, like birth date and home ad­dress, but more per­sonal and psy­cho­log­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, and the Yuwan app that en­ables up to eight guests to talk in a cha­t­room in real time, but al­lows un­lim­ited num­bers of spec­ta­tors to lis­ten in.

The CAC said that the on­line au­dio in­dus­try had been left to grow unat­tended for some time and had got­ten out of con­trol, as some au­dio plat­forms be­gan to spread im­proper con­tent that goes against pub­lic or­der and good so­cial cus­toms in or­der to at­tract at­ten­tion and web­site clicks. This in­cludes the spread­ing of sex­u­ally sug­ges­tive au­dio files, pros­ti­tu­tion and il­le­gal busi­ness in­for­ma­tion, his­tor­i­cal ni­hilism and su­per­sti­tion.

These au­dio files could also be eas­ily ac­cessed by chil­dren and could hugely dam­age their healthy growth, so these on­line au­dio plat­forms must be rec­ti­fied, the CAC said.

In re­sponse to the rec­ti­fi­ca­tion, Soul said they will re­view re­lated fea­tures and con­tent, and take nec­es­sary mea­sures to make sure their prod­uct fully com­plies with rel­e­vant laws and reg­u­la­tions, me­dia re­ported.

An un­named CAC of­fi­cial said that the cam­paign is aimed to put an end to the chaos in the on­line au­dio in­dus­try, me­dia re­ported. Au­thor­i­ties will also en­cour­age main­stream me­dia to pro­duce more au­dio con­tent that is welcomed by ne­ti­zens, the of­fi­cial said. leng­shumei @glob­al­times.com.cn

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