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Update: China Shuts 12,000 Live Streaming Chatrooms over Content Violations

MOC, 6/29/17

China's Ministry of Culture (MOC) recently shut down 11,929 live broadcasting rooms on online live streaming platforms for content violations, and ordered 18,977 live broadcasting rooms to correct rules violations. The MOC also reviewed 31,347 performers, and ordered 9,721 performers to shut down their operations.

The MOC also said that it had organized teams in several local markets including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Zhejiang, and investigated 50 major online performance operators. The MOC investigation found violations of content regulations at 30 online performance platforms, including online and mobile gamecasting platform Huya.com, interactive video entertainment platform YY, operated by YY Inc. (Nasdaq: YY), gamecasting platform Longzhu Games Broadcast, and mobile short-video recording and sharing app Miaopai.

In addition, the MOC conducted a special investigation into 10,562 mobile live broadcasting apps. As a result of the investigation, MOC local executive teams in 29 provinces performed additional inspection work and issued penalties to 20 mobile performance platforms including mobile live video app Inke, operated by Meelive Network Technology. MOC teams also recorded the results of their investigation into 23 platforms and shut down 11 platform operators.

In addition, the MOC organized a special mobile performance platform clean up operation focusing on major online app store operators including Tencent (0700.HK), Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), Chine Qihoo 360, Huawei Technologies, Xiaomi, and Lenovo (0992.HK). The cleanup program identified 291 platforms requiring removal or deletion, blocked 544 new platforms from coming online, ordered 973 platform operators to provide more detailed credentials or other materials, and verified changes to operator information in 38 cases.

Editor's Note: For more information on this topic, please see "China Shuts Down 30,000 Live Streaming Chatrooms over Content Violations," MD 5/24/17 issue.

Keywords: live streaming interactive video wireless monitoring regulation Lenovo Internet Tencent Huawei Ministry of Culture app store 0700.HK 0992.HK BIDU Qihoo 360 Alibaba Group Xiaomi YY Miaopai BABA gamecasting Meelive Huya Longzhu Games Broadcast

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