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China regulator asks video streaming platforms to launch anti-addiction systems

The Cyber Administration of China has ordered 14 more short video platforms as well as four video streaming platforms to launch anti-addiction systems before June 1, TechNode reported May 28.

SINA Corp.'s Weibo, Beijing ByteDance Technologies Co. Ltd.'s Xigua Video and Bilibili Inc. are among the 14 short video platforms that have been ordered by China's internet regulator to roll out anti-addiction systems. Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s Tencent Video, iQiyi Inc., Youku Tudou Inc. and PPTV are the four streaming platforms tasked with the same objective. Previously, only Kuaishou and two Bytedance's short video apps, Douyin and Huoshan Video, were offering such systems.

Following its implementation, the anti-addiction system will limit the time underage users can spend in these apps and the content they can access, while users under 18 will be limited to educational videos focusing on calligraphy, painting, history, traditional culture and science, according to the report.

The regulator further announced that livestreaming platforms will also have to incorporate anti-addiction systems in the near future, the news outlet said.