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China orders Weibo to stop live video streaming services

China's TV and film regulation body has shut down live video and audio streaming services on three major websites, including Weibo.

The State Administration for Press Publication Radio Film and Television (SAPPRFT) ordered social media site Sina Weibo, news portal ifeng.com and online video site AcFun to halt streaming services immediately.

According to a report in China Daily, the sites were in violation of state rules and had failed to obtain the “appropriate certificates” to provide audio-visual service

The report quoted a SAPPRFT statement, which said the sites had screened "many politically-related programs that do not conform with state rules and social commentary programs that propagate negative remarks and opinions."

"The administration has ordered authorities in charge to take effective measures to shut down the websites' audio-visual services and make a thorough rectification, so to create a cleaner cyberspace," it said.

It is the latest move by Chinese officials to regulate the live streaming sector in China. In May, Tencent, Sina and ifeng were ordered to stop broadcasts of live news programs, which were said to be in breach of news industry regulations.

It also follows a recent crackdown on social media accounts by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), which saw the body order Baidu, Tencent and Youku to shut down up to 60 accounts for sharing celebrity news and gossip. The CAC said the accounts, which included Harper’s Bazaar and Chinese entertainment site Southern Metropolis Entertainment, “undermined socialist values”.

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