Progress in reducing idol worship online

Over 1,300 newsgroups deleted for inciting irrational fan behavior

China’s cyberspace watchdog has pledged to continue ramping up efforts to guide star-struck internet users to rationally support idols by further regulating internet platforms and increasing inspections to guard against wrongdoing. in industry.

The Chinese Cyberspace Administration launched a nationwide campaign in June to cleanse the online environment after discovering that some internet users and online platforms had used inappropriate means to encourage fans, especially young people, to show their worship of celebrities irrationally.

For example, he discovered fans who were drawn to support their idols by raising large sums of money and using slurs or false statements to insult other stars.

On Monday, the administration said the current campaign had progressed. He removed more than 150,000 harmful pieces of information and over 1,300 online newsgroups to trick internet users into following the stars irrationally.

More than 4,000 online accounts and 814 online topics that allegedly misled people to inappropriately follow stars have also been closed, he said.

The administration added that 39 mini-programs suspected of improperly raising funds or attracting views online were closed during the campaign.

He called on internet platforms and websites to improve the management of fan groups and urged them to further improve their products and services to prevent those under 18 from supporting idols irrationally.

The administration said it plans to explore establishing a long-term mechanism to regulate such online behavior and will step up the fight against it.

On Monday, the National Radio and Television Administration announced plans to conduct a month-long operation against online variety shows in a bid to tackle irrational celebrity worship and misconduct in it. act of supporting the stars.

The country has stepped up efforts to inspect fan activities and regulate the entertainment industry after some irregularities disrupted public order and negatively impacted society.

Beijing police said on Saturday they arrested a 30-year-old Chinese-born Canadian man surnamed Wu on suspicion of rape after being accused of instigating young women to have sex. Numerous Chinese media then confirmed that the suspect was Kris Wu, one of the most prominent Chinese celebrities.

After the scandal was exposed, the country’s television, film and music associations said celebrities should abide by laws and ethical standards and put more energy into creating works, calling on them to be strict with themselves as public figures and to set a good example for young people. .

No one has the privilege of doing what they want, no matter how much fan support they get or how many online views they can get, the China Television Artists Association said.

In May, an online video showing fans pouring milk down the drain to support their idols in a talent show enraged audiences. iQiyi, the online platform providing the show, and Mengniu, the dairy company involved in the promotion, which asked fans to buy milk to earn the right to vote for their idols, apologized for the incident. The program has been canceled.

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