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Chinese regulator drafted new rules to protect minors in cyberspace

Operators of online gaming and video and audio streaming platforms will be required to implement a “youth regime” in China to protect minors. The relevant rules were drafted by the Cyberspace Administration of the People’s Republic of China.

Major platforms will be required to regularly assess the level of cyber protection of minors to ensure a “clean” online environment, the agency said. Additionally, they are required to set the maximum allowable amount of funds that minors can spend on online platforms.

China’s major video streaming platforms like Tencent Video and iQIYI, as well as ByteDance’s Douyin platform, have already begun implementing “youth mode.”

Chinese authorities have been expressing concern about the growth of gaming and Internet addiction among minors for several years now. Last year, the country introduced new rules that allowed people under 18 to spend no more than three hours a week playing video games, which is expected to help curb gambling addiction.

A source: Reuters



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