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Fines for content exploiting children: China reprimands online platforms

China’s Cyberspace Administration CAC has ordered several of the country’s largest online platforms to remove inappropriate child-related content. Kuaishou, Tencent’s messaging tool QQ, Alibaba’s Taobao and Weibo are to “correct” and “clean up” the illegal content, as the authority issued in a statement. The platforms were also fined. The CAC stated that the operation focused on online topics that “endanger the physical and mental health of minors.” As an example, the Administration cited the use of children as influencers on live streams, as well as pornographic and violent content. Cyberbullying and “Internet addiction” have also been inadequately addressed in the past, CAC criticized.

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