China may like to think of itself as a modern and rapidly developing country, but earlier in the week they reminded us that they are a communist regime at heart when they banned live-streaming.
Chinese citizens have fallen in love with live-streaming, capturing themselves playing video games, live-streaming their daily lives, and much more.
According to reports, Twitter-like social media sites like Sina Weibo were recently decimated after the government announced the live-streaming ban.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Sina Weibo was singled out in a media release by a government agency, along with two other major social media sites known as ACFUN and iFeng, for providing a platform that allowed for content regarding political and social issues that “advocated negative speech.”
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television proclaimed that the aforementioned sites, along with potentially other unnamed sites, would be required to undergo “comprehensive rectification and stop providing video” in order to “create a cleaner cyberspace” for all to enjoy, with proper government approval, of course.
Reuters reported that the move will likely “send a chill” through China’s growing online entertainment and social media presence, as providers conform to tightening regulations designed to silence content viewed as politically damaging or a threat to China’s national identity.
Translation, the Chinese government only wants you to be able able to see what they deem is acceptable.
This sounds a lot like North Korea and Russia, but that is a story for another day.
The Chinese government’s latest move comes after they pushed hard to shut down around 60 different celebrity gossip accounts, justifying the decision by calling the accounts in “poor taste.”
You have to feel bad for the Chinese people. There is nothing worse than having the government tell you how to live your life.
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