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China's internet watchdog freezes 10 too-trashy online video services before they undermine socialism

Scantily-clad presenters and vulgar language 'corrupt the social atmosphere' and 'endanger the healthy growth of young people'

China's internet watchdog has called out several live-streaming channels for showing trash TV amid Beijing's crackdown on "unhealthy content".

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CACC)yesterday called out 10 live-streaming platforms - including Bilibili, Tencent-backed Huya and Douyu, Bytedance's Xigua Video, and Baidu's Quanmin Video, for spreading "vulgar" content.

The CAC said it will freeze content updates on the platform's main channels and suspend new user sign-ups until the offending content is taken down. The watchdog will also taking aim at the offending streamers, threatening to blacklist them if they don't clean up their acts.

The announcement of the crackdown says it came after an assessment of 31 online video services found "... chaotic live broadcasts are frequent, some female anchors are exposed in clothing, some male anchors are vulgar."

InfoSec practices were also lax. "Message interaction ... and user account registration are negligent in management, and illegal and illegal information is emerging in an endless stream," the machine-translated announcement states.

And here's the sternest bit of criticism:

Many live broadcast chaos seriously deviate from the core values ​​of socialism, endanger the healthy growth of young people, and corrupt the social atmosphere. All sectors of society call for strict rectification.

The crackdown comes amid Beijing's ongoing effort to clean up the country's online media channels. In recent years, the central government has tightened its grip on content it deems unsuitable, including porn, gambling, fake news, and – of course – any form of political dissent.®

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