Chinese short video platform such as Douyin and Kuaishou are being criticized for featuring video hosts who make and distribute counterfeit products on their videos, Tencent News is reporting.

Some video hosts on platforms such as Douyin, and Kuaishou are forming a black industrial chain: They openly demonstrate the process of homemade lipstick and foundation and then affix brand names, leaving their WeChat account details to receive money to send out goods. In addition to DIY brand-name cosmetics, when users search for keywords such as “luxury” and “prestige watches” on these platforms, they can find plenty of contents that show off fake luxury goods. Some suspected fake product videos even received these platform’s recommendations.

In recent years, the Advertising Law and relevant Internet laws have become increasingly stringent, forcing e-commerce platforms to abide by the rules. For example, a few days before November 11 in 2017—when Chinese shoppers make new records of year-on-year swelling shopping volume—the standing committee of the National People’s Congress introduced new provisions that ban false or misleading advertising about a product’s features, functions or quality, forbid falsifying sales data, user comments and awards.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com