(Yicai Global) Dec. 6 -- Live-streaming platform Meipai will ban youngsters from using the service as an increasing number of juvenile members are stripping on camera, the company said.
Several media reports last week claimed that minors on the platform, run by Fujian-based Meitu Inc. [HKG:1357], were exposing themselves live online. One pupil claimed she hosted the show for "fun," not for money, and said she was proud of having more followers than her classmates.
Meipai shut down live-streaming to juveniles who had already verified their identity, it said on Dec. 4. It furthered this mission yesterday by announcing that it will ban all minors registered on the platform from streaming live videos, and will introduce a real-name verification system by the end of this year.
Chinese media outlet Fawan conducted an online survey in which 35 percent of respondents believed applications from minors should be rejected, 32 percent believed the main cause of the problem was a lack of education among children, and 24 percent said the source of the issue was a lack of supervision over the platform.