Beijing, May 9: Chinese regulators have banned minors from broadcasting live on various social media platforms to protect their physical and mental health, media reported on Monday.

The new rules completely prohibit people under the age of 16 from broadcasting live, while users between the ages of 16 and 18 must obtain permission from their parents or guardians before making live broadcasts, according to the South China Morning Post. China is displacing Tibetans in dressing for environmental action, the report said

“Internet platforms must strictly enforce the real name registration requirement and prohibit the provision of tips for minors, such as cash surcharges, gift purchases and online payments,” according to a statement issued by regulators.

The most popular live streaming platforms are TikTok’s Douyin app, Alibaba Group’s Taobao Live and Kuaishou Technology’s short video platform. The new requirements have been issued by four regulators, including the National Radio and Television Administration and the Chinese Cyberspace Administration (CAC).

“If the platforms are found to violate the above requirements, measures may be introduced, including the suspension of the return function and the suspension of the live streaming business,” regulators said.

Regulators say they want Big Tech to upgrade its “youth regime” to protect teens from gambling addiction and inappropriate content. Last year, regulators took action to allow teenagers to play online games for just three hours a week. Chinese regulators have launched a series of “clear and bright” campaigns aimed at what they see as “online chaos”.

(The above story first appeared in LatestLY on May 9, 2022, 6:11 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, the world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, visit our website

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