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Toe the line: China stamps out foot fetish videos, tightening censorship

AFP  |  Beijing 

released new guidelines on short videos Wednesday, prohibiting everything from to spoofing the national anthem, as continues to down on "harmful" information.

The Netcasting Services Association, one of the country's largest government-backed internet associations, published a detailed list of 100 types of content that short video platforms must scrub.

Political subjects topped the list, including independence, criticism of leaders, and parodying China's national anthem.

The new rules also cover a wide range of other topics, including "money worship", unhealthy views of marriage and love, and "unverified" footage of protests and gatherings.

They also apply to non-video content on the apps, including subtitles, comments and video titles.

Over the past year, has ramped up its crackdown on "illegal" online content, as the government tightens policing of China's already censored web, which blocks many foreign websites like and

In 2018, Chinese authorities shuttered 26,000 "illegal" websites and deleted about six million containing vulgar content, official agency said on Monday.

China's cyberspace authority last year also scrubbed over 9,000 accounts on Chinese like messaging app WeChat and the Twitter-like Weibo, accusing them of spreading "politically harmful" information and rumours.

On top of releasing guidelines on barred content, the government-backed internet association, which includes and tech corporates like and Tencent, also published guidelines on on Wednesday.

The list encourages short video operators to introduce accounts run by the and military to "improve the supply of positive and high quality" videos.

It also says that short video companies should assemble content auditing teams that are "very politically attuned" and that video censors should be trained by provincial and national radio and television authorities.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 19:20 IST