ith Chinese short video apps now exploding in popularity, China’s fun police have stepped in, ordering that all videos on the platforms must be reviewed before being broadcast to the world.
It’s not clear how exactly the China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA) proposes that apps like TikTok and Kuaishou, which have hundreds of millions of users who upload countless videos each day, actually comply with this restriction, though the organization has said that the apps should establish a team of screeners with “high political awareness.”
At the same time, the CNSA has also released a handy-dandy list of 100 different types of content that censors should be on the lookout for, including content that satirizes socialism with Chinese characteristics, mocks the national anthem, or vilifies the top Communist Party leadership, along with explicit content ranging from moans of pleasure to portrayals of “abnormal” sexual behavior. Foot fetish videos are specifically mentioned as being banned.
Fortunately, videos of goats eating still seem to be alright.