China’s internet regulator, the Cyber Administration of China (CAC), on Tuesday instructed 14 more short video platforms and four video streaming platforms to roll out anti-addiction systems before June 1, expanding its control over the content underage users can access.

Among the 14 short video platforms to apply the anti-addiction system are Sina’s Weibo, Bytedance’s Xigua Video, and BiliBili, though the latter two also allow videos longer than one hour. The four video streaming platforms are Tencent Video, iQiyi, Youku, and PPTV.

Once implemented, the system would limit the time underage users can spend in these apps and the content they can access. On short video platforms, users under 18 will be restricted to educational videos focusing on calligraphy, painting, history, traditional culture, and science. Video streaming platforms are to create youth-specific ecosystems highlighting TV series and movies that “promote patriotism and give publicity to heroic figures.”

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Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com