China Censors Crypto-Themed Quick Movies Shared On-line – Regulation Bitcoin Information

An industry organization controlled by the Chinese government updated a list of topics video sharing app users should avoid. Crypto-related content is now among the entries along with traditional taboos in China such as mocking its leadership, provoking sectarianism, and showing sex.

Clips about crypto trading, mining banned in China

The China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA) recently blacklisted 100 topics that should not include online videos posted on platforms similar to Tiktok. Among them are the usual suspects such as questioning the official history of China, imitating its political leaders, questioning the country’s central ideology of “socialism with a Chinese character” and discussing fascism.

China is censoring crypto-themed short videos shared online

The document “Online Short Video Content Review Standard Rules (2021)” highlights a number of other prohibited topics. A report from the registry points to some of these, such as drug use, slot machines, crime and gangs, violence and psychological abuse. Sexually explicit content, including content that promotes “non-mainstream views on marriage and love”, is also prohibited.

While most of these topics were in the previous version, the list has been updated with a few new topics, especially cryptocurrency. Videos promoting decentralized digital money like Bitcoin by “getting and inciting the public to participate in the mining, trading and speculation of virtual currencies” are now considered taboo by Chinese censors.

The authorities of the People’s Republic already banned crypto-related activities such as digital currency trading and raising capital through coin offers in 2017. However, the government only got involved in Bitcoin mining earlier this year.

In May, the State Council decided that the Cabinet of Ministers in Beijing would take action against industry following President Xi Jinping’s pledge to make China carbon neutral within the next four decades. The government’s nationwide offensive forced miners to relocate to friendlier jurisdictions.

The CNSA ban applies to videos uploaded on platforms like Douyin, Bytedance’s Chinese version of Tiktok, Kuaishou and other social media networks, messaging apps and microblogging sites that allow short video sharing like Wechat and Weibo .

As a new addition to the black list, the cryptocurrency occupies 98th place. Entry # 100, which reads “Other violations of laws, regulations, social order and morality,” allegedly could be construed as effectively releasing the hands of Chinese regulators to censor almost every clip posted online .

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Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a tech-savvy journalist from Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’ quote: “Being a writer is what I am and not what I do.” In addition to crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two more Sources of inspiration.

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