China: Regime censors require “influencers” to present “qualifications” for topic approval

Source: CNBC

“Online influencers in China must now have a qualification to talk about certain topics such as law and medicine, regulators said Tuesday. For content that requires a ‘higher professional level,’ livestreamers must hold a corresponding qualification to talk about those subjects, China’s State Administration of Radio and Television and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a joint release. Influencers must show those qualifications to the livestreaming platform they use. Those qualifications then need to be reviewed by the platform. … The latest rules from the two Chinese government agencies lays out a ‘code of conduct’ for online influencers. Livestreamers are not allowed to publish content that weakens or distorts the leadership [sic] of the Chinese Communist Party, for example.” (06/23/22)