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Ministry of Public Security Cracks Down on Live Webcast Platforms

The Ministry of Public Security is set to launch a nationwide clampdown on illegal activities associated with the use of live webcast platforms. Targeting three types of websites, the operation will last until the end of October.

In recent years, the rapid development of live webcast (or live streaming video) attracts users in growing numbers. According to incomplete statistics, about 150 mainland websites currently offer live streaming video service, attracting more than 200 million users so far. Several leading operators have more than 100 million registered users and monthly active users exceeding 10 million. "Room" users at peak hour sessions can be up to tens of thousands of people. The rapid growth of live webcast also brings obvious security issues. Some websites are found to be disseminating erotic and vulgar materials, and some broadcast illegal activities including pornographic shows and gambling, causing serious damage to the internet environment and endanger public order.

During the crackdown, internet security units of public security agencies across the country will carry out comprehensive inspection of the online live broadcast security systems, guide the websites to clean up all types of illegal and harmful information, shut down the accounts and channels which break the law, and investigate and sanction the websites engaging in illegal activities.

The crackdown targets three types of live webcast: First, reports frequently received from the public, problems exposed online or by informers.  Second, illegal acts including alleged pornographic shows and gambling. Third, chaotic management in enterprises or failure to adopt security systems and measures.

Meanwhile, public security agencies will supervise and guide the websites to strengthen security systems, comply with the laws, strictly prevent dissemination of illegal information and pay attention to reports for clues found in online cases, go for security systems including real-name system for web anchors and administrators, mobile phone registration for ordinary users, and promote the healthy development of live webcast platforms.

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