The Chinese entertainment circle was marred with scandals and unethical conducts last year. First was Kris Wu (吴亦凡), who is currently awaiting trial after his sexual assault acts against young women and underaged girls were exposed. Then came Zheng Shuang (鄭爽), who was blasted for abandoning her two surrogate children. Although committing a wide range of offenses, Kris and Zheng Shuang’s influence over an extensive array of young fans became utterly concerning, as these young followers blindly continued to dedicate themselves to supporting these celebrities.
Eventually, the Cyberspace Administration of China launched Operation Qing Lang, which aims to crack down on toxic fan culture and “cleaning up” the Chinese Internet. The operation is governed by ten established measures, such as forbidding minors from participating in fan clubs that require monetary spending, canceling online celebrity rankings, requiring or encouraging viewers to purchase website VIP memberships, and forbidding fan wars.
In addition to preventing cyberbullying and keeping extreme fandoms under control, Operation Qing Lang will also forbid the return of banned social media accounts. The government will focus on key social media platforms to restrict use of “zombie fans” (which are similar to “buying likes” on Facebook or Instagram) and to control any “unnatural” fan growth. In doing so, the Operation aims to ensure that fan accounts are authentic, thereby effectively banning fake or “zombie fan” accounts.
It is estimated that the Cyberspace Administration will clean up more than 22 million cases of illegal information, dispose of 1.34 billion accounts, ban more than 7,200 streamers, and remove more than 2,160 applications.
This article is written by Huynh for Jaynestars.com.