Sina Weibo, iFeng, and ACFUN – these are the latest victims of China’s worry over live streaming. Chinese authorities have ordered three media outlets to shut down their live streaming for being out of line with national audiovisual regulations and “promoting negative comments” (in Chinese).

The streaming ban on Twitter-like social platform Weibo, news website iFeng and video-sharing and game streaming platform ACFUN was issued by State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT). The reason for the ban remains unclear, especially since Weibo’s videos are actually hosted by a company called Yixia Technology which holds a video streaming license. Weibo also has a partnership with the National Football League to stream games.

However, according to one Weibo KOL, “[t]he new regulation does not ban all the videos on Weibo, only those shows without a license from the government. If you post anything from your life, it’s not banned.”

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.