Online streaming services in China are taking another hit from regulators. The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications—a government body tasked with cleaning up China’s web—has issued a new notice laying out rules to regulate one of the country’s favorite pass-times.

Live streaming platforms will be required to “implement the real-name system for users, strengthen the management of online streaming anchors, establish a blacklist system for anchors, and improve the monitoring and censorship system for live broadcast content as well as measures for dealing with illegal and harmful content.”

What’s more, network service providers are required to establish systems for content auditing, information filtering, and a 7 x 24-hour emergency response mechanism in case of porn or other “harmful information” on the loose. Live streaming platforms will be required to record and log information from users and keep them for an unspecified amount of time. They are also required to provide all data to relevant departments upon request.

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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.