It turns out that the Chinese government’s latest “crackdown” on the live-streaming industry is less about politics than it is about, well, porn.
There has been a considerable amount of panic in the news following the Chinese government’s recent notice threatening to ban three of China’s largest live-streaming services. Some worry that this is another example of the government trying to crush online political dissent, while others proclaim the impending doom of the $4 billion industry.
But while it’s true that the Chinese government under President Xi Jinping has tightened control over political opposition on the internet, that isn’t really what’s at stake with this latest crackdown.
“I haven’t seen much evidence that live streaming has been used as a political platform. It’s mostly social,” says Adam Segal, an expert on cybersecurity in China from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Andy Tian, the CEO of Asia Innovations Group, a Beijing-based startup that offers live-streaming services, agrees, suggesting that this new wave of regulations is about something more surprising and somewhat more … innocuous.
“It’s all about the porn. That’s the main thing — the porn,” Tian says. “The government has let it go for a while, but now it’s getting out of hand.”
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