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Monday, July 17, 2017, 16:23
China closes 73 illegal livestreaming platforms in H1
By Xinhua
Monday, July 17, 2017, 16:23 By Xinhua

This undated photo shows an online anchor using her mobile phone to do livestreaming. China's anti-pornography office closed 73 illegal livestreaming platforms in the first half of 2017. (Photo / Xinhua)

BEIJING - China's anti-pornography office closed 73 illegal livestreaming platforms in the first half of 2017 and imposed life bans on 1,879 livestreamers who severely violated regulations.

From January to June, more than 120,000 accounts were cleared and 38,179 accounts that violated regulations were blocked, said the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications on Monday.

Local anti-pornography offices have also helped police investigate over 10 cases of livestreaming platforms with pornographic content, including one platform named Laohuzhibo, or "Tiger", in east China's Zhejiang province.

The platform launched overseas operations in March this year and recruited female livestreaming presenters to spread pornography. As of May 3, the platform had received fees of 7.28 million yuan (US$1.08 million) from users and had more than 1,000 female presenters streaming pornography.

Two principal suspects, surnamed Fang and Qi, were arrested and 22 people have been put into detention. Police are still looking for three fugitives.  

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