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China’s cyberspace regulator is drafting new rules to protect minors

FILE PHOTO: People play online games at an internet cafe in Fuyang
FILE PHOTO: People play online games at an internet cafe in Fuyang, Anhui province, China, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

March 14, 2022

BEIJING (Reuters) – Companies engaged in online gaming, live streaming, audio and video in China should set up a “youth mode” to protect minors, according to draft regulations issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China on Monday.

The major platforms should conduct regular cyber protection assessments for minors to provide them with a “clean” online environment, CAC said, adding that the platforms should also limit daily spending on minors.

China’s major video streaming platforms Tencent Video and iQIYI, as well as ByteDance’s own short video platform Douyin, have already introduced a “teen mode” for minors.

Authorities in China have long been concerned about gambling and Internet addiction among young people.

Last year, China introduced new rules limiting the time under-18s can spend playing video games to three hours a week, a move it said was necessary to tackle gambling addiction.

(Reporting by Yingzhi Yang and Brenda Goh; Editing by Christopher Cushing & Simon Cameron-Moore)

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