China’s State Administration for Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) has ordered popular social media site Sina Weibo to stop streaming live video and audio content. Other online platforms affected by the order included Phoenix TV’s iFeng and video web-sharing site AcFUN.
Reports said the order stemmed from these online platforms’ lack of licence to stream content. Local media also cited that the three platforms stream content touching on political and social issues that encourage negative sentiments.
Weibo, said to be working with relevant government authorities, is also evaluating the impact of SAPPRFT’s order on its operations.
In May this year, the China media regulator ordered Tencent, also a major Chinese internet platform to rectify serious breaches which included broadcasting political and society news programmes without a permit, as well as for showing what it said were “vulgar” videos.