It seems that China is getting all geared up to the challenge posed by live streaming videos as it affects millions of users and the magnitude of the challenge can be assessed from the fact that a top government entity has proposed to tighten restrictions for underage use, according to a report by TechCrunch.
According to a report by the China Youth Daily, the Communist Party’s All Youth Federation in a recent report urged the country to introduce rules for protecting minors online and consider the idea of banning those who are under the age of 18 from hosting shows. This move outlines China’s seriousness in dealing with the issue which is slowly becoming a major source of concern for the government.
This latest suggestion comes in the wake of videos which featured teenage moms and was slammed by the state media. Kuaishou and ByteDance’s Huoshan which were at the heart of the controversy pulled off the videos after the controversy erupted.
But it is not as easy as it seems and a verbal warning may not be enough to deter users who find live streaming lucrative and it also allows illegal content to fall easily through the cracks. Apart from banning minors from hosting shows, the youth Federation also called for clearer laws to regulate the use of live streaming apps by minors as it can have a big impact on the impressionable minds of the younger generation.
The Federation added that these platforms should allow parents to monitor children’s activity, and any in-app monetary transactions, such as virtual gifting, must require real-name checks.
It is worthwhile to note here that the live streaming industry has been on the target list of Beijing and Beijing has been trying to keep an eye on the emerging forms of media that can have a deep impact on the society.
According to reports, as of last June nearly 425 million users that boil down to half of China’s internet population were live stream users and the scale of the situation can be judged from that fact that nearly 1 out of every 5 internet user who is in Senior High School is a ‘frequent user’ of live streaming app which makes it all the more important for a regulatory body to be in place to keep a tab on the proceedings.
This latest set of proposals comes close on the heels of a similar curfew imposed by China on video gaming where the authorities recently announced plans to curtail the number of play hours for minors.