Tencent, Weibo Are Among 21 Chinese Video Sites Clamping Down on Youth Web Addiction
Dou Shicong
DATE:  May 28 2019
/ SOURCE:  yicai
Tencent, Weibo Are Among 21 Chinese Video Sites Clamping Down on Youth Web Addiction Tencent, Weibo Are Among 21 Chinese Video Sites Clamping Down on Youth Web Addiction

(Yicai Global) May 28 -- Chinese web giants Tencent Holdings and Weibo are two of 21 major online video platforms that have adopted a new system geared toward preventing internet addiction among the country's youth.

Youku Tudou, PPTV, iQiyi and Bilibili are the best-known among the remaining sites, which the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission named in a statement today. The watchdog piloted the system, which the popular video sites are introducing ahead of China's Children's Day celebration on June 1, on Douyin -- the Chinese version of short video app TikTok -- and similar platforms Kuaishou and Huoshan.

Users who switch on anti-addiction mode will be limited in terms of the services they can access, when they can use them and how long they can use them for, according to the commission's statement. They will only be able to view content deemed appropriate for youngster.

The apps involved in the pilot system have already sent a pop-up to promote the system to 460 million users, and 52.6 million have visited an online guide for the so-called 'youth mode' since the trials began two months ago, the watchdog added.

The commission is now looking to expand coverage of the system to webcasting apps in order to create a safer online environment for young people, it said.

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Keywords:   Anti-Addiction