(Yicai Global) April 4 -- China’s media regulator warned two popular online news and video platforms for running programs deemed harmful to the society and asked them to take immediate rectification measures in the latest crackdown on illegal content on the internet.
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television interviewed senior executives of Toutiao, news aggregator developed by Beijing Byte Dance Technology Co., and Kuaishou, a short video platform provider run by Beijing Kuaishou Technology Co., the regulator said on its official social media account.
Both platforms disseminated vulgar, violent, and pornographic content with a long-running disregard for relevant regulations and disrupted the order in the online audio-visual industry, it said.
The regulator ordered both operators to carry out a complete review of program inventories and immediately remove all illegal content, check the existing accounts across the board, and permanently shut down accounts that violate the rules, and cut down on total number of uploads and views of content to match the platforms’ content management capacity.
Founded in 2012, Toutiao represents the first aggregated news platform in China with algorithmic recommendation technology. Last year, the regulator also summoned its executives for running pornographic content. State-run China Central Television, CCTV, also singled out the platform for illegal advertising tactics last month.
Established in 2011, Kuaishou is a short video platform with the largest number of users in China. A CCTV program revealed last month that the platform posted a large number of vulgar videos that exposed the lives of teenage mothers in China, which it said harmed society’s morals. Su Hua, its founder, issued yesterday a public letter of apology for running the videos.
China cracks down on illegal online content deemed harmful to the society. Last year, it shut down about 128,000 websites for publishing obscene and harmful information, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported back then, citing government data. Nearly 31 million illegal publication s were confiscated in 2017, with some 1,900 people being subject to criminal penalties, it said.