China shuts down audio apps for spreading porn and superstition
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