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China orders web operators to clean up its entire internet in spring

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has shared its spring cleaning plans with the world – and suggested it’s time to make Middle Kingdom websites shine with healthy content.

The admin’s edict lists many neat villains he wants removed. But there’s not much new on the list – most items have already had warnings or bans.

Topping the list is violent content, which China never wanted online.

Fake news and rumors are next, again nor a newcomer to the lists of things Chinese netizens have been told not to do.

Indeed, just last week, Chinese media reported on a document containing investment rules for local internet companies. The CAC denied the existence of the document and warned that whoever distributed it would be held accountable.

The new list also targets toxic online fans and encourages parents to get their kids to spend less time online and adhere to restrictions on time spent playing.

Teen idols have been told to clean up their acts online and not think about replacing video with digital avatars.

Vulgarity in all its forms will also be bagged and discarded. Online infomercial broadcasters have been ordered to stop promoting overconsumption. People who post short videos have been asked to keep them clean.

Website operators have also been instructed to remove pop-ups, ensure their homepages are in good condition, and present a positive vibe.

The edict is literally an exercise in spring cleaning. The Chinese New Year is next week, and it is followed by a Spring Festival which lasts for fifteen days.

The CAC wants the Chinese Internet to shine with positivity during this period, which coincides with the organization of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Why the CAC has to reiterate to Chinese netizens the things it considers prohibited online has not been explained, but China has often found that it has to send the same message multiple times. We have reported at least five times that Beijing has banned cryptocurrencies. ®