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China launches campaign to regulate online performance

Updated: Feb 14,2018 7:42 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Culture launched a national campaign on Feb 13 to further regulate the country’s online performance market, according to a statement from the ministry.

Online performance includes livestreaming performance and recorded performances available online and via mobile devices.

The campaign will examine online performance platforms and organizations in search of those that stream harmful or fake information, said the ministry.

Infringement of the rights of juveniles and spreading unhealthy and inappropriate content to juveniles will also be punished, according to the statement.

The ministry required the agencies to set up real-name registration of online performers and verify their identities.

The online performance industry should strengthen self-examination and establish a blacklisting system for the offenders, added the ministry.

The campaign will be carried out until the end of April.

Action has been taken before. A nationwide campaign to purify the online environment was carried out from March to November of last year. Some 73 livestreaming platforms shut down, and 1,879 live streamers received lifetime bans in the first half of 2017.