CHINA - Restrictions on Minors Live Streaming

Arno Froese

China’s regulators have moved to ban minors from participating in the country’s live-streaming industry to protect “their physical and mental health,” the latest in a series of crackdowns on a sector that gained huge popularity amid the coronavirus lockdowns of 2020.

The new rules also prohibit those under 16 from live-streaming, while users aged between 16 and 18 must obtain permission from their parents or guardians before doing live streams.

Regulators also want Big Tech to improve and upgrade their “youth mode,” a feature deployed by tech firms last year under state pressure to protect teenagers from gaming addiction and inappropriate content.

After more than doubling in size during the first year of the pandemic as consumers stuck at home turned to live streams for entertainment and shopping, the industry amassed more than 600 million users by mid 2021, according to market consulting firm iiMedia Research.

China’s most popular live-streaming e-commerce platforms are TikTok’s Chinese sister app Douyin, Alibaba Group Holding’s Taobao Live, and Kuaishou Technology’s short video platform, while Huya and Douyu are the most popular video game streamers, according to iiMedia Research. Alibaba owns the South China Morning Post., 9 May 2022

Arno's Commentary

China’s ability to implement restrictions is mainly due to a one-party system. The government claims to protect “their physical and mental health.” There is little doubt that these measures will indeed improve the physical and mental health of minors. The result is almost natural to see; namely, a more disciplined group of young people to represent China’s future.

These types of developments in China and other countries are part of the Eastern world’s attempt to catch up to or supersede the Western world. We have stated repeatedly that this kind of progress—whether it’s intellectualism, scientific achievements, etc.—serves to make China independent from the West’s monopoly in the high-tech sector. 

What is China’s future? When we examine the virtually miraculous economic growth during the past three to five decades, we may assume China will become the undisputed world power. 

But what is the real future? Here we can with assurance quote Scripture, which not only applies to China but also the entire world: “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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