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China bans celebrities from showing off wealth on social media

According to a report by Business Insider Africa, Celebrities in China can no longer show off wealth or extravagant pleasure on social media, the Cyberspace Administration of China announced Tuesday.

Both celebrity and fan-club accounts must follow public order and good customs, adhere to correct public opinion orientation and value orientation, promote socialist core values, and maintain a healthy style and taste, China’s internet-regulation agency said in a statement.

The announcement follows the Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on the country’s growing entertainment industry as officials push back against celebrity scandals and online fan groups it says cause social disorder.

Tuesday’s notice also prohibits celebrities from spreading rumours, publishing false or private information, provoking fan groups to “verbally attack each other,” and encouraging fans to partake in “illegal fundraising or irrational investment.”

On the same day, the China Association of Performing Arts barred 88 people from live streaming, including the Chinese Canadian pop star Kris Wu, who was recently accused of sexual assault.

The group said the list was designed to “strengthen industry self-discipline” and “prevent illegal and unethical artists” from re-entering the industry.

In August, China’s entertainment regulator deleted the presence of Zhao Wei, one of the country’s most popular actresses, from all social media and streaming platforms.

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While officials did not provide a reason behind Zhao’s removal, state-backed media cited “various scandals over the years,” such as a $7.45 million investor lawsuit.

To enforce the new rules, Chinese social networks must monitor and report “suspected illegal and criminal acts of exposed stars, and group conflicts involving fans” to the authorities, while moderating content that may prompt social disorder, the notice said.

Access to global apps such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube is blocked in China, so users rely on domestic sites subject to censorship, such as Weibo, Renren, and Youku.

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