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China Bans Online Depictions of 'Abnormal' Sexual Activity, Crimes

Beijing officials recently issued new regulations prohibiting online portrayals of homosexuality, prostitution and drug addiction.

The China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA), a Chinese broadcasting industry body, is targeting what it has called "abnormal" sexual activity, reports The Independent. The new regulations, issued last Friday, demand that online video platforms employ at least three "professional censors" to view programs in their entirety and remove any content that doesn’t adhere to the "correct political and aesthetic standards as defined by the new rules," the news outlet reports.

Content promoting "luxurious lifestyles", showing "violent and criminal processes in detail" or demonstrating "obscenity" will also be edited or even banned under the new regulations. Media damaging the national image, criticizing revolutionary leaders, or portraying the supernatural will also be considered unacceptable, reports Fortune.

Human rights groups are concerned by the new regulation, which comes two months after officials announced the creation of a government-approved rival to Wikipedia, albeit without public contributions, according to Asian Correspondent. There are concerns that once that site is created, Wikipedia will be banned in China, making what some critics call the "Great Firewall of China" a bit stronger.

In recent years, officials have invested heavily in controlling the flow of information within its borders. It is particularly concerned with keeping tight reigns on information reaching younger, more connected generations, who are more likely to get their information from social media or uncensored sites rather than state-approved outlets.

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