Chinese content platforms pledge self-discipline, industry association says

Chinese content platforms such as Weibo and Tencent Video have agreed to enforce more self-discipline in order to maintain a “clear” cyberspace environment, a government-affiliated industry association said on Saturday.

Chinese regulators cracked down on a so-called “chaotic” fan culture of celebrities after a series of artist scandals last month. The authorities banned platforms from publishing lists of popular celebrities and ordered the regulation of fan groups.

The China Association of Performing Arts (CAPA) said it met with platform officials on Friday who pledged to promote only “healthy” content with positive values, not to use data and traffic as the main guide, and not to “false hype” support financially. “

Fourteen platforms signed the pledge, CAPA said in a WeChat statement, including short video platform Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, and news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, both owned by ByteDance.

Weibo, Tencent, and ByteDance did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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The platforms will strengthen their account management and limit those who spread unsubstantiated gossip or fuel conflicts between fan groups, CAPA said. They will also encourage users to actively report illegal content.

“The participating platforms came to a consensus that companies should exercise more proactive self-discipline in order to maintain a clean cyberspace environment and strengthen the structure of online cultural content,” it said.

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