ICC NOTE: In another push for further control, the Chinese government has taken up a large task of attempting to regulate all live streaming capabilities in the country. This will be a difficult task for them to accomplish due to the amount of traffic and overall users who live stream. The fear of course is the increase in internet control, limiting one of the few remaining outlets to free speech and expression. Internet has been used more as a tool for evangelism in recent years through YouTube, God tube, and other streaming aspects. Many large churches now live stream their services to the world allowing for a greater audience outreach. Continue to pray for China as each day a new freedom is taken and the lives of Christians become that much harder.
8/22/2016 China (Radio Free Asia) – China’s powerful internet regulator has further ratcheted up controls on what the country’s 700 million netizens can see online, requiring round-the-clock monitoring of all live-streaming and holding editorial chiefs personally responsible for “problem” content.
New rules issued by the powerful internet regulation agency, the Cyberspace Administration, require editors-in-chief to monitor their sites’ ouput 24 hours a day to ensure “correct orientation, factual accuracy and appropriate sourcing.”
The new rules follow a number of embarrassing gaffes surrounding the reporting of President Xi Jinping, who recently called on the country’s media to remember its loyalty to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Last month, major internet portal Tencent fired its top editor after an apparent typo said Xi had delivered a “furious,” rather than an “important” speech on the anniversary of the party’s founding on July 1.
Authorities also detained a number of writers and editors at online news portal Wujie after a mysterious and anonymous call for Xi’s resignation was posted to its website in March.
And in February, the Shenzhen edition of the Southern Metropolis Daily published a front page containing an apparently inadvertent acrostic that read: “If the media belongs to the party, its ashes will be scattered at sea.”
China has already moved to ban the country’s internet portals like Tencent and Sina from conducting any independent journalism of their own, requiring them to post syndicated content from the state-run Xinhua news agency and state broadcaster CCTV instead.
Now, the agency is warning websites to avoid clickbait, and to act with “responsibility and restraint” when publishing content online, Xinhua news agency reported.