December 7, 2016 / 12:15 AM / 3 years ago

China shuts thousands of illegal live streaming accounts: Xinhua

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in Singapore in this January 2, 2014 photo illustration. REUTERS/Edgar Su

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Beijing-based live streaming websites have shut down thousands of illegal accounts after new regulations by Chinese internet authorities guarding against violent and obscene content came into effect, the official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

The Cyber Administration of China (CAC) formalized controversial rules regulating the country’s fast-growing live-streaming video industry in November, in a move that stripped out smaller competitors and placed hard-line surveillance measures on leading firms.

More than 4,500 accounts on Beijing-based websites had been closed and more than 3,100 live streaming programs had been shut, Xinhua reported the CAC as saying.

“Reports of violent, obscene and vulgar content on live- streaming websites abound,” Xinhua said.

The new rules, which came into effect on Thursday, require streaming services to provide information on users who stream content the government deems a threat to national security or social order.

CAC officials said they would enhance regulations further and called on the public to engage in supervising the internet.

Reporting by Engen Tham; Editing by Paul Tait

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