China pledges to ‘cleanse’ internet ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics and Lunar New Year – Archyde

This was announced by the Cyberspace Administration of China on Tuesday that his month-long internet “cleansing” campaign aims to create a “healthy, happy and peaceful online environment”.

The powerful internet watchdog — established by President Xi Jinping in 2014 on behalf of protecting China’s internet and data security — linked the campaign to the start of the lunar new year, a grand celebration that runs from January 31 to February 6.

But the timing also coincides with the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics, which begin in early February. Mark the games the biggest international sporting event hosted by China since Xi and his government took power in 2012 attached great importance for them as a chance to show a powerful and united China.

According to the cyberspace agency’s plan, the Major media site homepages, trending topic search lists, push pop-up windows, and major news content pages must be carefully managed to present “positive information.” That added it Obscene, vulgar, gory, violent and other illegal or bad information should be stamped out to create a “positive online atmosphere”.

The regulator said it will also crack down on online rumors and prevent “illegal and immoral” celebrities from making a comeback. China has for years punished celebrities it believes have misbehaved scrub their presences off the internet. Last year, for example, the great Chinese actress Zheng Shuang had her works removed from channels and video sites after she was fined $46 million for tax evasion.

Other “bad” behaviors targeted by the regulator include showing wealth or worshiping money, overeating or Drink, and those who advocate or practice divination on the Internet.

The campaign doesn’t come as a complete surprise as Beijing launched a sweeping regulatory campaign last year to tighten control over the internet and tackle problems in the online and entertainment sectors.

Last June, the Cybersecurity Authority launched an online campaign to target the “messy” celebrity fan culture. ONE later expansion of the raid spread to the entertainment industry as authorities vowed to remove “unhealthy” content from programs, ban celebrities with “incorrect politics” or “feminine style” and cultivate a “patriotic” atmosphere.

— CNN’s Beijing bureau contributed to this report.

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