lørdag 28. august 2021

China bans celebrity rankings in bid to ‘rectify chaos in the fan community’

Chinese authorities have banned online lists ranking celebrities by popularity, as regulators continue a drive to “clean up” fame and fandom culture. According to regulations published in state media, all existing lists that rank Chinese stars must also be removed from the internet. Only lists that rank works such as songs, films and TV shows can be published but they must reduce the emphasis on likes and comments, and instead “increase the weight of indicators like work orientation and professional evaluation”.

In June the office of the central cyberspace affairs commission announced a two-month special operation targeting fanclub culture, known as fan quan, which it said negatively affected the mental health of children. On Friday it said work by local authorities had achieved “some results”, and there was need to now increase regulations.