On Saturday, China ordered Internet platforms to tighten control over how minors use their streaming services. The new rules came as part of the state’s persecution of the developing sector.
Platforms should not allow minors to tip live broadcasters or broadcast themselves without the supervision of guardians. One should also strengthen the control of “rush hour” for such shows. For minors, broadcasts must be forcibly turned off at 22:00 local time using the parental control feature.
The order came after China announced a two-month campaign to clean up “chaos” in online broadcasts and short videos. This is part of a broader plan to promote content that is considered appropriate and legal in the country.
The most popular online broadcasting platforms in China are Douyin, the Chinese equivalent of TikTok, as well as Kuaishou, Bilibili, Huya and Douyu.