‘Youth Mode’: China to protect minors in cyberspace

BEIJING, March 14 (Reuters) – Companies engaged in online gaming, livestreaming, audio and video in China should set up a “youth mode” to protect minors, according to draft regulations issued on Monday by the Cyberspace Administration of China.

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The major platforms should regularly conduct assessments on cyber protection for minors in order to provide a “clean” online environment for them, CAC said, adding that the platforms should also cap daily spending amount for minor users.

China’s major video streaming platforms Tencent Video (0700.HK) and iQIYI (IQ.O), as well as ByteDance-owned short video platform Douyin have already launched a “youth mode” for minors.

Authorities in China have long worried about addiction to gaming and the internet among its young people.

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Last year, China introduced new rules that limit the amount of time under-18s can spend on video games to three hours a week, a move it said was necessary to combat gaming addiction.

China’s cyberspace regulator drafts new rules to protect minors  Reuters

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The police, on the weekend, revealed that it is probing a case in which a superintendent of police, Hopeton Nicholson, was impersonated by cyber criminals who used his name and photographs to create fake pages on several platforms, to include dating sites.

“Reports are that victims, believing that they are communicating with Superintendent Nicholson, have been lured to various places across the Corporate Area, St. Catherine and St Mary where they are tricked, robbed and in some instances, sexually assaulted.

The Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch has commenced investigations into the issue of identity theft in collaboration with other detectives across various divisions. So far, investigators have identified 11 persons across three parishes who fell victim to cyber crime activities. Read more.

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