China’s Grip Further Tightens On Youths: Children Limited In Watching, Supporting Streamers

from the squeeze-harder dept

China’s longstanding war on the internet, especially relating to children’s use of it, continues. Readers here will be well aware of the plethora of actions taken by China over the years to limit what its residents can see and do with the internet. From the Great Firewall of China to the country’s more targeted approach at limiting how much and when children can play online video games, all of this dovetails nicely with Beijing’s larger goals of tamping down on undesirable content and the erosion of any sign of democracy within its sphere of control. The toll this regulatory destruction has taken on the gaming industry in China is nearly too great to be believed.

And now China is setting its sights on another popular corner of the internet marketplace: content streamers. The country recently announced changes to how streaming services and streamers must operate, specifically in terms of limiting how and how often minors can interact with online streamers.

1) Viewers under the age of 18 will no longer be able to “tip,” a practice where those watching a broadcast are able to send small amounts of money, usually in exchange for a spoken or text acknowledgement of their contribution.

2) Anyone watching livestreamed content via a kid’s account will have all streams locked out after 10pm, and those responsible for creating content will “need to strengthen the management of peak hours for such shows.”

What’s the point of all this? Well, a couple of things. First, China’s stated goal in this further tightening of internet restrictions is supposedly to combat “chaos” occurring on the internet. What chaos, you ask? Well, almost certainly this has to do with tamping down the rise of popular personalities on Chinese streaming services that have, or could, build up huge followings and then suddenly say something “subverssive” about China’s government. Authoritarians, after all, don’t typically like a popularity contest. Keeping children, the bulk consumers of streaming services like this, from supporting streamers limits anyone’s opportunity to build a living that way.

As for the limitation on watching streamers at night, well, this follows right along with the limitation of online gaming in the evenings as well. Perhaps China thinks it can squeeze more educational production out of kids by making them go night-night at 10pm. Perhaps this is just a bit more control over culture, serving as a reminder of Beijing’s total authority over its people. On this, we can only speculate.

But raging against modernity isn’t a long term solution. Not even for a government as brutal as China’s.

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Naughty Autie says:


Except that women (and other pregnant people) don’t “murder their unborn children.” To be murder, a killing has to be unlawful, and abortions are only carried out where it’s legal to do so. Or are you saying that abbatoirs should be closed down due to all the ‘murders’ that are carried out in them?

Hot tip: troll harder.

Anonymous Coward says:

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Just to add, any abortion within the first trimester (and usually within the first six WEEKS of detection of pregnancy) results in the removal of, as a certain Jewish comedian put it, a microwaveable mini pizza.

Oh, and that particular Commandment from the Ten Commandments? It’s actually “Thou shalt not MURDER”. And it’s still not a pass to kill animals willy-nilly. Just that the Bible really, really hates human on human murder. Yanno, the one that legit gets just about any important figure on God’s shitlist if God Himself didn’t command or approve of it.

Old Testament God could be a capricious ass when they felt like it.

Datafed Bard says:

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The unborn are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; chy; unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare; unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike; they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn…

You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.

Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn.

Naughty Autie says:

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But you are pushing for holocaust of people with uteruses of child-bearing age. Do you want to be that 12-year-old girl from the south of Texas who was made pregnant during a rape, whose life may be threatened if the prenancy goes full term, and whose mother can’t afford to take her to Oklahoma to get an abortion there?

Anonymous Coward says:

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“Campaigning” for the “unborn” is something the modern Republican Party does, in an extremely cynical attempt to dangle fig leaves over their horrendous, insurrectionist ideology.

And even before that, they’ve never been quiet that they’ve been Confederates.

They NEVER fucking cared for the mother, or the potential child in that mother’s belly, unless it served a racial or political purpose. And even then, the mother would still be as fucked as any non-white white worshipper simply because she isn’t male.

And here you are parroting this clearly racist and misogynist talking point unthinkingly.

So, what else do you want me to think? You’re NOT a NeoNazi who should fuck off?

Anonymous Coward says:

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Somehow, when the same problem happens… just about EVERYWHERE ELSE, they simply either tell parents to actually parent, or, if industries are actually at fault, try to legislate certain limits aimed at the specific industry.

Mind you, even Singapore isn’t as strict with regards to social engineering as law, and we fucking mastered that art. Our game bans were TEMPORARY. And the worst we’ve done is make certain jobs socially uncomfortable.

Besides, don’t you have more elections to be interefering with? Malaysia or Indonesia are next on the list, right, since you successfully got your candidate TWICE in the Philipines.

Anonymous Coward says:

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I fucking live in Southeast Asia, fuckshit.

I will NEVER fucking ever treat anything related to China as a trollable point or treat that shit lightly, because, POINT THE FUCKING FIRST, China effectively controls the region, meaning that this policy could be forced on us, and POINT THE FUCKING SECOND, the various Chinese-backed despots might actually, ACTUALLY implement some form of this in the forseeable future.


Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:3

First, treating something as a trollable point is not treating it lightly, and is also a valid way of being heard. Second, my whole point was to expose some of the more egregious human rights abuses carried out by the Chinese government. Third, the fact that you’re screaming at me for doing that makes me wonder if you’re not an employee of the Chinese government trying to shut down legitimate criticism of an abusive regime. Fuckshit.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:6

A global pandemic is completely different from living with the effects of a totalitarian state “influencing” (read, interfering) soverign states’ elections, forcing whole regions to bow to the CCP, sabotage talks, dangling scams that are actually landgrabs, and altogether engaging in the same bullshit the US has done during and after the Cold War, without any form of care or criticism.

My neck of the woods is effectively Chinese territory, no matter what the world does, assuming they even care at all. And what China does will eventually be implemented as policy, if it isn’t policy already.

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