Douyin fined over vulgar content
Popular short-video platform Douyin has been fined for spreading vulgar and pornographic content, a central government watchdog announced on Friday.
The move could be considered a sign that platforms are being urged to shoulder more responsibility to manage content, an expert said.
Douyin's punishment was made public by the National Office for the Fight Against Pornography and Illegal Publications, after investigations showed that some anchors on Douyin displayed behaviors such as flirting, sexual suggestiveness, smoking and using obscenities during webcasts, the office said in a release on its Weibo account. The probe also showed that the real-time comments, known as "bullet chat", in some livestreaming rooms of Douyin contained vulgar content.
In addition, some individual anchors played or recommended unapproved games that include violent and threatening content, it said.
Douyin was fined and ordered to correct its illegal behaviors, strengthen content management and block pornographic content.
But the office did not disclose the exact amount of the fine.
The office said that in 2020 it received more than 900 tips about pornographic and vulgar information on Douyin's platform.