Under-18s prohibited from tipping streamers, watching livestreams after 10pm in China

midian182

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What just happened? China is once again tightening its grip on the country's internet. This time, the restrictions relate to under-18s and how they interact and access livestreaming services, including banning youths from being able to tip streamers and locking out kids' accounts from 10pm onwards.

SCMP reports that China on Saturday told livestreaming platforms to step up governance on how under-18s use their services. The news comes just weeks after reports revealed the country was preparing to slam its $30 billion livestreaming industry with new regulations. Last month, it launched a new campaign to clean up the "chaos" within the sector.

The policy changes, issued by four regulators including the National Radio and Television Administration and the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), prohibit livestreaming platforms from offering tipping services to minors. This includes cash top-ups, gift purchases, and online payments. The rule is to be enforced by strictly adhering to the real-name registration requirement.

"If platforms are found to violate the above requirements, measures including suspension of the tipping feature and shutting down of the live-streaming business could be put in place," the regulators wrote in a statement.

Additionally, platforms are being asked to create dedicated youth content censorship teams, and they must shut down parental-controlled 'youth mode' user activities after 10pm to "ensure they [under-18s] have enough time to rest."

Elsewhere, users aged between 16 and 18 must now obtain permission from their parents or guardians before live-streaming—those under 16 are banned from streaming.

Regulators say the tightened rules are to improve the "physical and mental health" of China's youth.

While Twitch and YouTube are two of the many Western sites blocked in China, Douyin—the country's version of TikTok—is very popular, as are Taobao Live, Bilibili, and Tencent's Huya & Douyu. Around 70% of China's internet users tune in to livestreaming services, bringing in an audience of more than 700 million last year.

Last week brought news that Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, would be publishing users' IP addresses and location data in an effort to combat unwanted behavior on the platform.

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Theinsanegamer

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I mean, I agree that those under 18 should be watching livestreams late at night or sending them money, the responsibility to fix this behaviour is on the parents, not the government. This is probably the least reprehensible of china's spurt of restrictions, but it's still nannying.
 

wiyosaya

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I mean, I agree that those under 18 should be watching livestreams late at night or sending them money, the responsibility to fix this behaviour is on the parents, not the government. This is probably the least reprehensible of china's spurt of restrictions, but it's still nannying.
Its either nannying or the parents have no clue (I do agree it should be their responsibility, though).
 

QuantumPhysics

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China is doing an EXCELLENT job monitoring and policing the unrestricted use of the internet.

Gaming and social media is destroying American children (literally). Depression is up. CyberBullying is up. Suicide rates increased.

And then there’s auto sleep deprivation cause

I am disappointed and disgusted by how America’s government has allowed this.
 
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p51d007

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As much as I dispise the CCP, I do like this. Minors have NO BUSINESS being on the internet after 10pm, perhaps 11pm on Friday/Saturday night. Heck, "when we was kids", you weren't allowed to watch tv after 9-10pm and had to be in bed on a school night. A lot of kids (and adults) are addicted to their phones. First thing they pick up in the morning, the last thing they put down before bed.
 

eforce

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I mean, I agree that those under 18 should be watching livestreams late at night or sending them money, the responsibility to fix this behaviour is on the parents, not the government. This is probably the least reprehensible of china's spurt of restrictions, but it's still nannying.

In China the government is the parent.