The latest accomplishment of China’s internet clean-up campaign is a 7-year prison sentence given to a 27-year old man surnamed Wang, the founder of video app Hot TV (火爆TV). State media has reported that 1579 illegal videos were found on the video platform out of which 28 were defined as pornographic by the Dalian Culture Broadcasting and Film Bureau. That’s one year in prison for every four indecent videos.

The company was also fined RMB 240 million according to the ruling by the Shahekou District Court in Dalian reported by state media on August 8.  The owner and staff of the company were accused of collecting and spreading indecent videos and luring consumers to become paid members without proper authorization in February this year.

The Hot TV app had an impressive 4.26 million users. The app was developed by Beijing Quwang Technology (北京趣网科技公司) founded in 2015. Starting from December 2016 to April 2017, the company gained a total revenue of RMB 140 million.

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Jiefei Liu

Jiefei Liu is a Beijing based tech reporter. She focuses on the union of tech and content creation and loves agriculture. You can write to her at Jiefei@technode.com