(Yicai Global) April 3 -- A total of 18 live streaming apps and nearly 2,000 hosts have been banned for broadcasting illegal content, said the Cyberspace Administration of China.
A number of app operators were punished for lacking necessary mechanisms to censor content. Some streaming hosts spread illegal content, wore military or police uniforms during presentation or were scantily dressed, and acted flirtatiously, the administration announced.
Some hosts even revealed WeChat or QQ, social messaging services, accounts during live streaming to induce fans to engage in prostitution, it added.
Among the apps subject to regulator's punishment are 'Jiazhuang Qinglv,' meaning "pretend to be lovers" in English, which was labeled as a pornographic app by the media before, and Zank, a gay social media app.
Last November, the regulator published new rules banning the use of live streaming to undermine national security and disseminate inappropriate content, including pornography.
Under the regulation, service providers are obliged to censor content before releasing it and establish a system that allows them to immediately block improper live streams.