As the old Internet adage goes: If it exists, there’s porn of it.
The Chinese government has taken steps to clamp down on what it sees as inappropriate (and thus culturally dangerous) behavior on live streaming sites. For those of you who don’t know, live streaming is where someone broadcasts a live video onto the internet for people to watch. Whatever happens on the camera instantly goes out to potentially millions of viewers. Live streaming sites are becoming increasingly popular, especially in China. Literally anything can be live streamed, from videogames, to makeup tutorials, and as the Chinese government now fears, eating fruit.
The BBC reports: 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”.
This latest move by the government has led to some interesting questions on Chinese social media. What counts as “erotic eating?” Can men eat bananas and not get in trouble? What if it’s a cucumber, instead of a banana? How will the government monitor all the live streaming sites?
Only time will tell how effective this banana ban will be (it won’t be,) or how live streamers will try to get around it (they will.) Personally, I’m curious to see what government manual Chinese cyber-security people will have to read to determine the erotic-ness of fruit eating.
“Oh, yeah baby. Peel it slower…”