(Yicai Global) March 18 -- Chinese regulators have summoned 11 Chinese tech firms, including Xiaomi, ByteDance, and Kuaishou, to talk about deepfakes and social audio applications.
Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings were also present to discuss the group's failure to assess the security implications of forged media representations, the Cyberspace Administration of China said in a statement on its WeChat account today.
China has lately been tightening its grip on internet companies, seeking to curb monopolistic behaviors. In general, internet information providers need to regularly submit security assessment reports to authorities who can sometimes conduct on-site inspections.
The Ministry of Public Security and the web watchdog had asked their local bureaus in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, as well as Zhejiang, and Guangdong provinces to hold talks with the 11 firms to strengthen security. The group included live-streaming platform Inke, financial information provider Jingdata, tax app Yunzhanghu, podcast provider Ximalaya, NetEase Cloud Music, and face-swapping app Quyan.
The two government bureaus urge internet companies to actively perform their duties and strictly abide by the relevant laws and regulations, the statement added.
Editor: Emmi Laine, Xiao Yi