China Punishes Video Sites for Hosting Offensive Anime
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Chinese Ministry of Culture announced on Tuesday that it will "punish" several internet companies for allegedly hosting animated series that contain violence and pornography. Some of the websites and companies implicated include Baidu Inc's iQIYI, Sohu.com Inc., Tencent, Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp Beijing (LeTV), and Youku Tudou.
The offending material consists primarily of anime, including Blood-C, Highschool of the Dead, and Terror in Resonance. According to the Ministry of Culture, these series have been blacklisted because they "include scenes of violence, pornography, terrorism and crimes against public morality."
Though sites above are only suspected of hosting the content, the Ministry of Culture stated that it will punish the sites according to law. The Ministry of Culture did not specify what form the punishment would take.
Beginning on April 1, new regulations in China require video websites to seek approval to stream foreign media, and websites that fail to do so will be prohibited from streaming any media.