China issued Wednesday new guidelines on censorship of short videos, banning everything from foot fetishism to the national anthem, while Beijing continues to crack down on "damaging" news.
The China Netcasting Services Association, one of the country's largest government-backed Internet associations, has released a detailed list of 100 types of content that short video platforms need to clean up.
Political issues ranked high, including Taiwan independence, criticism of Communist Party leaders, and parody of the Chinese national anthem.
The new rules also cover a wide range of other topics, including the "money cult," unhealthy views of marriage and love, and "unverified" footage of protests and demonstrations. gatherings.
They also apply to non-video content on apps, including subtitles, comments, and video titles.
Over the past year, Beijing has stepped up its crackdown on "illegal" online content, as the government tightened its already heavily censored Internet regulation of China, which blocks many foreign sites such as Google and Facebook. .
In 2018, Chinese authorities closed 26,000 "illegal" websites and removed about six million online messages containing "vulgar" content, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.
Last year, Chinese authorities in cyberspace also purified more than 9,000 accounts on Chinese social media platforms such as WeChat and Weibo messaging application, similar to Twitter, accusing them of spreading information and rumors " politically harmful ".
In addition to issuing banned content guidelines, the government-backed Internet association, which includes state-owned media and technology companies such as Alibaba and Tencent, also released guidelines on short video management on Wednesday. duration.
The list encourages operators of video shorts to introduce accounts run by the Chinese government and military to "improve the supply of positive and high quality videos."
It also states that short video production companies should establish "political listening" content verification teams and that video censors should be trained by provincial and national television and radio authorities. .