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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 …

  1. Chris G

    Vulgar content

    And scantily clad presenters?

    I need to see it, to decide for myself.

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Re: Vulgar content

      Absolutely agreed. Check it out here.

      Truly, the very fabric of civilization is tearing apart. You can see her naked arms ! And her midriff is bare as well !

      We are doomed. Doomed, I tell you.

      1. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

        Re: Vulgar content

        "We'll all be rooooned, said Hanrahan."

        copyright some ole Aussie pome

    2. Mike Moyle

      Re: Vulgar content

      "Vulgar content and scantily clad presenters..."

      Huh... That made me do a quick search -- turns out Naked News *IS* still around.

      1. RobThBay

        Re: Vulgar content

        I'd forgotten about Naked News. Yay Canadian content!

        1. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

          Re: Vulgar content

          I miss The Weather In Norwegian, on LiveTV.

          And The Bouncing Weather Dwarf.

          Good times.

  2. Version 1.0 Silver badge

    China needs to learn from the West

    Trash TV and "unhealthy content" can get you reelected and help you convince the population to vote one way in a referendum in the West.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: China needs to learn from the West

      Or you can just do it the Chinese way and only give people one way to vote by "deplatforming" anything you feel offends your hypersensibilities by saying it "goes against your core values"

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: China needs to learn from the West

        It doesn't have to be an either-or

  3. Tigra 07
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    If it prevents Tik Tok, Twitter and Facebook...

    So maybe China isn't all bad...

  4. xeroks

    on the other hand..

    If you've followed the problems Naomi Wu has had from western companies - big ones - you'll see that capitalism plus conservative activists can have the same effect.

    (If you've not heard of her, she's a Shenzhen - based tech polymath: vlogger. maker, coder, designer. Her tech content is pretty awesome. But she has people gunning for her pretty much permanently, and it's almost entirely from the West. While there's a big dose of good ole fashioned misogyny, it's exacerbated by people who don't like the way she dresses (or doesn't)

    1. Richard Jones 1

      Re: on the other hand..

      Wow, there is danger there, bright, young, with a mind and a real presence, so a danger to the closed mind end of society wherever they are from. The same old, same old; recycling scrap in new products is fine, recycling tired old ideas into the same old tired attitudes is not.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: on the other hand..

      Now I've read that I've lost any respect I ever had for Vice. How many other people have they exploited like that despite the risk of serious consequences to them?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: on the other hand..

        What do you mean? She's "famous" on twitter and youtube.

        I read the Vice article, and fail to see what they exploited.

  5. codemonkey

    I'm too old to work my way through irony / joke / are you serious....

    I'm not sure what's "irony" this weather, and what's not: undermine socialism


  6. John Jennings

    Block it

    My kids are on fecking TicTok all the time.

    Stupid dances, in stupid places.

  7. Richard Jones 1

    No Wonder

    It sounded more fun that the usual CCP platform of old men in tired old clothes.

  8. batfink

    It couldn't happen here

    If all trashy content, vulgar and/or scantily-clad presenters were banned from our TV screens it would be The End of Civilisation As We Know It. Rioting in the streets, statues of Lord Reith being torn down, stand-offs between Pro- and Anti-Love Island factions, dogs lying down with cats, etc etc....

    Oh hang on - is the last one of those vulgar content as well?

  9. Toni the terrible Bronze badge

    Why are Communists and Facisits always so prudish?

    1. martinusher Silver badge

      >Why are Communists and Facisits always so prudish?

      Prudishness isn't anything to do with economic systems.

      There are very similar prudish forces in our own societies. There has always been a tussle between what's regarded as public decency and people who push the envelope. What China is pushing back against would be problematical for British TV as late as the 1970s. We run different standards today so shows from the 1970s and earlier would fall foul of modern censors.

      (BTW -- My mum used to watch something called "The Black and White Minstrel Show" on BBC TV. Look it up.....)

      1. TheMeerkat

        Today’s prudish crowd in the West found a new target - “problematic” and unacceptable” content. Sex is ok with them today

        The drive to ban things always attracts certain part of population.

      2. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

        The core ur-motivation / ur-mechanism is not Economics.

        It's Status. Via Virtue. Proxied (FAR more) cheaply via Virtue-Display.

        Standard global human mechanism for acquiring status. Haven't found a culture where this is not true. Nor a time period.

        And since the psycho focussers on acquiring status have very limited minds (necessarily / by definition), they live in zero-sum worlds.

        Easiest way therefore to get a benefit is to pay a cost. Give up a pleasure, for example. Benefit therefore "logically" necessarily accrues. Zero sum world, right. Gotta balance out.

        And if you are (or know YOU REALLY SHOULD BE} higher status, then logically YOU shouldn't pay that cost; the little people should.

        Ipso facto; non cogito ergo sum.

    2. batfink

      IMO the political piece is irrelevant. It's all about control over people. Look at the fundamentalists in whatever religion you care to name* and you'll see the same thing - "we want to stop you doing things we don't approve of".

      It's the old definition of Puritanism: that horrible feeling that somebody, somewhere is having a good time.

      * Except for the Church of the FSM. Obviously.

      1. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

        Oh, OK. Posted then read down to this.

        Yeah. What you said.

  10. Plest Silver badge
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    Good on them!

    No, not for the clamping down on freedom obviously.

    Applause for attempting to raise the intellectual level of media consumption. Given the mindless shit spewing out of such platfrms as Netflix, Disney, Hulu, et all and 95% of the internet, I can only give the Chinese government a thumbs up for doing something that might actually raise the IQ of the populace a few notches by stopping people sucking on the media sump-pump! I can only hope they drive people off the internet and down to their local bookshop or library...or wait we closed all those 20 years ago!

  11. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

    See, in ENGLAND,

    ... this is viewed as a business model

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