Sina Weibo, the popular Twitter-like social platform, the news portal Ifeng.com and ACFUN, a major online video site with a real-time commenting system, and other streaming websites have been required to obtain the appropriate certificates, said in a statement the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television.
According to People.cn, they have screened “many politically-related programs that do not conform with state rules and social commentary programs that propagate negative remarks and opinions”.
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“The administration has ordered authorities in charge to take effective measures to shut down the websites’ audio-visual services and make a thorough rectification, so to create a cleaner cyberspace,”.
Weibo has about 340 million monthly active users, while ACFUN, nicknamed “A station,” was one of China’s first video sites to feature ‘bullet screen’ interaction where real-time comments from viewers appear on the screen, and a major provider of cartoons and anime.
The administration has repeatedly asked the sites to gain the correct certificates before providing audio-visual programs.
In May, the administration punished Tencent for spreading self-made political and live news programs and playing ‘vulgar shows’ on mobile apps including WeChat.
Topic: Weibo streaming services banned