Chinese influencers now required to prove qualifications to talk about topics like finance, medicine
- China’s influencers will now be required to prove they are qualified when giving medicinal, financial or legal advice on their social media.
- On Tuesday, China’s State Administration of Radio and Television and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism released a joint statement outlining a new “code of conduct.”
- The new mandate requires any influencer livestreaming content that calls for a “higher professional level,” to be qualified in the area.
- Failure to abide by the code could lead to becoming permanently banned from livestreaming as well as being featured on Beijing’s public shame list of violators.
- The news comes amid China’s recent efforts to tighten regulations on online content, including a ban on children under 16 years old from watching livestreams after 10 p.m.
China’s influencers will now be required to prove they are qualified when giving medicinal, financial or legal advice on their social media.
On Tuesday, China’s State Administration of Radio and Television and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism released a joint statement outlining a new “code of conduct.”
- TikTok influencer group North Star Boys recently came under fire for posing “thirst traps” in front of a Stop Asian Hate mural.
- The photo has been shared across the platform as users continue to mock the group for what many online believe to be performative activism.
- The group has since addressed the matter, denying that the photos were “thirst traps” and questioning what those that made fun of them were doing to help the movement.
Things went south for the North Star Boys last week after the seven-member influencer group posted a photo of themselves posing in front of a wall with the words “Stop Asian Hate.”
Immediately, the photo drew backlash for turning a serious movement that emerged in response to the surge of anti-Asian violence into what many online are calling a “thirst trap” opportunity.
- China fined top shopping livestreamer Huang Wei 1.34 billion yuan (approximately $210 million) for tax evasion.
- Huang Wei posted a statement on Weibo where she wrote she was feeling “deeply guilty.”
- She is the latest influencer to have been investigated as a part of President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on internet celebrities who have gained a strong following over the past few years.
Top livestreamer Huang Wei, commonly known as Viya, is the latest internet celebrity to be fined for tax evasion in the last year.
A female influencer in China was arrested after trying to force a kiss on an elderly man on a busy street in Hefei, Anhui province last weekend.
Armed with her phone and a selfie stick, the unnamed woman was reportedly wandering the streets to find her “victim.”
A beach club in the Philippines has expressed its stand on privileged social media influencers who ask for free things in exchange for publicity and exposure.
In a recent Facebook post, White Banana Beach Club announced to its followers that they are not interested in collaborating with wannabe-Instagram “influencers.”