China targets Apples on porn livestreaming

China targets Apples on porn livestreaming

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According to Caixin, an Internet supervisor's rare decision to summon Apple representatives over livestreaming apps mirrors a broader fight against pornography in a fast-growing segment of China's online entertainment industry. As of Thursday in China, Apple had yet to comment on a Beijing Cyberspace Administration summons the tech giant was issued two days earlier. Apple is the first major app platform targeted by the government's anti-porn initiative. Cyberspace officials Tuesday met representatives from app providers Toutiao, Huajiao and Huoshanzhibo to discuss online pornography, which is illegal in China. The company representatives, whose apps are available on the Apple and Android platforms, were asked to bar livestreaming and videos posted by content providers containing provocative content. Both companies agreed to cooperate. Livestreaming apps have become enormously popular in China, where high-speed and mobile Internet access has spawned a huge online culture.