Chinese live-streaming services have banned people filming themselves eating bananas in a “seductive” fashion.
New regulations mean that live-streaming sites must monitor all their output round-the-clock to ensure nothing untoward is going on, keeping an eye out for any “erotic” banana-eating, according to New Express Daily. It’s not just fruit that’s on their radar though — the paper adds that wearing stockings and suspenders while hosting a live stream is now also forbidden.
The move is the authorities’ latest attempt to clamp down on “inappropriate and erotic” online content, state-controlled CCTV reports. In April, the Ministry of Culture announced it was investigating a number of popular live-streaming platforms for allegedly hosting pornographic or violent content that “harms social morality”.
Long version: I suspect this sort of action is inevitable from any government that has something called the Ministry of Culture.
Shorter version: This sucks.
(Via Keaton Fox.)