In many countries – the U.S., Korea, the U.K., and elsewhere — celebrity gossip is a mainstay of pop culture.
But in China, celebrities are now getting personal protection from their government, at a time when the Asian giant is making an attempt to crack down on what it believes are loose public morals.
China’s powerful Cyberspace Agency has closed over two-dozen online media accounts on major platforms, citing a new cyber security law, which stipulates that content on the Internet must abide by new guidelines and cannot breach celebrities’ privacy.
The agency cautioned that major online platforms including Baidu, Tencent and Weibo need to ratchet up censorship of accounts that publish celebrity gossip.
The agency said that websites must not “cater to the poor taste of the public.” Those publishing online content must not hype up “ostentatious celebrity spending and entertainment,” as the government tries to “keep in check the problems of the embellishments of private sex scandals of celebrities.”
The agency proclaimed websites must “actively propagate core socialist values,” (whatever that means) and create a “more healthy environment for mainstream public opinion.”
The agency ordered companies to collect data from sites or private accounts that break these new laws and report them to the government, in a bid to strengthen the morality of the public.
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