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”.
“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