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China removes video-sharing platform Bilibili from app stores amid clampdown

Video-sharing platform Bilibili Inc. was removed from smartphone app stores in China following criticism from state-owned China Central Television (CCTV)(CN) for streaming inappropriate content, the South China Morning Post reported.

A Bilibili spokesperson said the ban will be effective for one month, preventing new users from downloading the app, but will not affect existing users.

CCTV had barred Bilibili from hosting animation featuring incest and other inappropriate content at a time when China is stepping up content regulation.

The Shanghai company subsequently committed to more than double the number of staff reviewing content and increase self-checking on published content. A discipline committee comprising 36,000 members has also been retained.

It said a new content review center has been set up in Wuhan and is scheduled to begin operations by end-July, the South China Morning Post reported.

Bilibili started trading on Nasdaq in March.