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China cleans up cyberspace; bans homosexual content online

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China issued new regulations on Friday around online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese Internet.

Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are those "demonstrating 'abnormal' sexual relations or acts, such as... homosexuality."

Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said.

Providers are called upon to produce programs that "center on the people and promote socialist values and Chinese culture."

The new rules come just one week after China ordered a halt to video streaming on three major websites.

According to China's media oversight body, the platforms -- including the massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform, and ACFUN -- did not possess the permits required for providing their audio-visual streams.

Authorities were directed to shut down offending audio-visual services "so as to create a cleaner cyberspace," China's State Administration of Press.

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