Tencent’s WeChat Bans Nose Picking and Spanking During Live Stream
A smart phone with the icons of the social networking applications WeChat and other views on the screen on June 29, 2018 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
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GUANGZHOU, China – If you thought about picking your nose or putting underwear on your head while streaming live on WeChat, think again.
Tencent runs WeChat, a messaging app used by over a billion people. The app is an integral part of daily life in China and can be used for everything from payments to booking flights. Last year, Tencent launched a live streaming feature called “Channels”.
In an attempt to clean up the platform, the Chinese tech giant published a list of dozens of common “breaches” on its platform that it discovered through surveillance channels.
So-called “vulgar” content is prohibited. This includes all sexually provocative actions such as “seductive lip licking” and focusing the camera on “sensitive” parts of the body. Spanking is also prohibited.
Fortune telling, picking your nose and putting on underwear on your head are also prohibited.
Tencent also offers clothing that cannot be worn, including fishnet stockings. Women are not allowed to air in bikinis or wrapped in sheets or bath towels, according to Tencent.
Anyone displaying tattoos will also be in violation of WeChat’s rules.
Other violations include talking about politically sensitive content, allowing minors to host a live broadcast, and promoting gaming-related content.
Chinese tech giants are currently in the crosshairs of regulators in the world’s second-largest economy. Live streaming is an area authorities are watching closely as it has exploded during the coronavirus pandemic.