TikTok, Weibo… in China pledge to ‘bury’ unscrupulous artists

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Hundreds of fans gathered outside a hotel where singer and actor Wu Yifan (Chinese-Canadian) was staying in Chengdu city, Sichuan province in 2017. Recently, Wu Yifan was temporarily placed on temporary detention. detained for investigation for alleged rape – Photo: VCG

On September 11, the newspaper Global Times China’s major Internet platforms have pledged to clean up cyberspace and not give law-breaking or unscrupulous artists a chance to get attention.

This is part of a strong campaign aimed at China’s increasingly toxic celebrity fan culture.

There are a total of 14 platforms including Weibo (compared to China’s Twitter social network), music and video streaming sites like iQiYi, Tencent Video, QQ, short video platform Douyin (the Chinese version of TikTok) and news app Toutiao.

These platforms make the above commitments as members of the China Performing Arts Association (CAPA).

Under CAPA’s new code of conduct, these platforms will strengthen their management of entertainment-related accounts, comments and interactive posts.

Relevant content will be removed and accounts will be “suspended” if they spread false rumors about celebrities, cause conflicts between people with different views, incite hatred among celebrities fan group.

Accounts may not post (without consent) or sell the artist’s personal information such as flights, hotel addresses, ID numbers, or phone numbers.

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Actor Ngo Diep Pham has been detained for investigation for alleged rape – Photo: VCG

Fundraising in the name of supporting an artist is also prohibited. Accounts and content that incites fans to disrupt public order, such as abusing government reporting channels and participating in unauthorized public gatherings, will also be dealt with.

Artists with stains in their careers will not receive attention. The platforms will create many opportunities for artists of great artistic and ethical achievement.

The new code of conduct also opposes the use of viewership data as a final evaluation criterion.

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