Chinese Internet Regulators Fine Tech Giants over Child Exploitation

China’s internet watchdog announced on Wednesday that issued fine against tech giants that include retailing giant Alibaba and gaming firm Tencent for allegedly propagating sexually suggestive content that involve minors.

In a statement, the Cyberspace Administration of China said that Kuaishou Technology, Tencent’s QQ, Alibaba’s Taobao, Weibo Corp. and Little Red Book were instructed to resolve the issue and ban the accounts that spread contents considered as “harmful to the physical and mental well-being of minors.”

According to the internet watchdog, some sellers of the e-commerce companies were found using sexually suggestive pictures of minor models to sell goods.

Some users of the companies’ social media platforms were also discovered to be using manipulated gifs and videos of children.

The Chinese regulator said the move is part of its plan to “step up the enforcement of laws and regulations” amid the government’s intensifying crackdown against the spreading of inappropriate and harmful content that exploits the rights of minors.

“With regards to the infringement of the legal rights and interests of minors, a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude will be adopted and enforced to clean up the online problems that endanger the physical and mental health of minors,” the agency said in a statement.

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