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China Cracks down on Three Chinese Live Streaming Websites and Apple is next for Questioning by Authorities

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Last June Patently Apple posted a report titled "China's Media Regulator is Suing Apple over Rights to an Obscure Patriotic Film." The report had noted that an aggressive former reporter and editor at Xinhua, the 56-year-old Mr. Lu has been a high-profile pitchman for President Xi's vision of the internet. In meetings with global tech CEOs and at press conferences, he has argued forcefully that national borders should extend into cyberspace and governments should be able to control the internet as they see fit. Today we're learning that Beijing's Internet regulators said Apple is next on a list for inquiries after authorities ordered three Chinese live streaming websites to rectify management loopholes.


The three websites are toutiao.com, huoshanzhibo.com and huajiao.com, which were found to have violated four different regulations concerning Internet information services, live-streaming services and online performance, according to the Beijing Cyberspace Administration.


"Significant loopholes" also existed in their management of live-broadcast products, user classification, authentication of user identity and the handling of tips-offs, according to the regulators.


Some cases will be transferred to the police, and publishers that have committed violations shall receive criminal punishment.


Officers with the law enforcement team said they have also met representatives from Apple about the examination of live stream apps from the tech giant's app store.


The Beijing Cyberspace Administration confirmed that the three departments will jointly summon Apple over the issues to urge the American firm to tighten up checks on software applications available in the Apple Store.


In June the new Chinese Cyber Security Law goes into effect that could go as far as requiring companies like Apple to surrender their source code, even though at the moment that seems remote. 


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