China: New Tighter Controls On Streaming

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI DAILY NEWS)

CHINA’S press and publications regulator has ordered social media platforms featuring video and audio programs to obtain licenses.

The State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television recently issued a document strengthening the regulation of video and audio programs on social media platforms, such as Weibo and WeChat, it said in a statement yesterday.

If organizations and individuals operating online streaming services on Weibo or WeChat without licenses, the social platforms would be held responsible.

Platforms must monitor content to ensure it meets the “various requirements for managing video and audio programs,” the regulator said, adding that the content cannot exceed the license conditions.

Online platforms are also prohibited from offering access to Weibo or WeChat accounts that defy regulations.