Chinese live-streaming services have banned videos where people can be seen eating bananas. These sites consider showing chomping on bananas as a “seductive” act.
The new law might sound weird to many, but it’s true!
The State media reported that authorities have imposed a ban on sexy on-cam-girls from streaming videos of themselves eating bananas “in an erotic manner.” As per the new guidelines, any live-streaming site must monitor all their output round-the-clock to make sure nothing improper is going on, keeping tabs on any “titillating” banana-eating, reports New Express Daily.
It’s not just the fruit which has been alleged as a raunchy internet star, there are many criteria that are going to face the sensor of the new law. They have even banned wearing stockings and suspenders while hosting a live stream.
This new move by the authorities is their latest trial to control online content which is “inappropriate and erotic,” state-controlled CCTV informs. Last month, the Ministry of Culture informed about its investigation of numerous famous live-streaming platforms for supposedly hosting content which are pornographic or violent and “harms social morality,” BBC states.
Regardless of the government’s apprehensions, such sites are rather pulling users in huge numbers in China. To be specific, highest demands go to webcam sessions involving young women, even at times girls below 18 who are seen entertaining mostly men as their audience, often singing Chinese songs or chatting to their viewers.
New Express Daily shows data giving the details that around 26 percent of live-streaming viewers are below 18 and at the same time, 60 percent of content creators are under 22. It also further reveals that three-quarters of its audience are male.
The ban on banana news has triggered huge numbers of users to chime in on Chinese social media. While some seem to be worried about young women going for participating in live streaming, there are a few others, who are little puzzled as how these rules will be imposed. “How do they decide what’s provocative when eating a banana?” one person questions. Another wonders: “Can male live-streamers still eat them?”
One shares, “They will all start eating cucumbers, and if that’s no good, yams.”
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