China has tightened regulation of the streaming industry as Beijing is accelerating its crackdown on the "chaos" spread by video platforms, Reuters reports. From now on, those netizens under 18s can't tip streamers or become streamers themselves without guardian consent.
Moreover, the National Radio and Television Administration now also prohibits watching streams after 10 pm local time for those netizens, where their "parent control" function is activated. Otherwise, they will be turned off "forcibly."
The move is expected to help China with its fight against social networks to "promote what is deemed as appropriate and legal content," the report says. Among Chinese IT giants, the video streaming market is dominated by the local equivalents of TikTok called "Kuaishou," "Bilibili," "Huya" and "Douyu."
In April, the Chinese Academy of Governance, a training institution for government officials, rolled out a "metaverse-empowered" party-building system. According to reports, the untitled hub supports party-building work in a "flexible and powerful way," in addition to hosting party conferences and exploring 3D models of historical relics in virtual reality.
This isn't the first time China strikes video platforms. Last December, Beijing blacklisted cryptocurrency-related content on video-sharing apps. Particularly, the China Netcasting Services Association included cryptocurrencies in a ban list of 100 topics that Chinese video platforms should avoid.