China Has Just Banned Bizarre Act From Being Live-Streamed

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China has taken the extreme and bizarre measure of banning web users from live-streaming themselves eating bananas.

As reported by the BBC, it is a move by the state to cut down on online behaviour which ‘harms social morality’.

Live-streamers must now keep in line with regulations which force them to monitor all output around the clock, ensuring content is not ‘seductive’.

And it is not just ‘erotic’ banana eating which could land users in hot water. The wearing of stockings and suspenders has also been banned.

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It follows an April announcement by the Ministry of Culture which promised to investigate sites hosting pornographic or violent content.

According to New Express Daily 26% of live-streaming viewers are under 18, while 60% of those creating the content are under 22 years old. So clearly there are concerns under age viewers, or content creators may be exposed to inappropriate material.

But the extreme measures taken on what is and isn’t provocative material has left some users baffled.

The BBC reported one user as asking ‘how do they decide what’s provocative when eating a banana?’ while another suggested loopholes will quickly be found, ‘they will all start eating cucumbers, and if that’s no good, yams.’

Chinese authorities trawling webcam shows judging what is and isn’t capable of turning them on is probably worthy of a live-stream in itself…


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