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TikTok and other video platforms introduce anti-addiction mode

TikTok and other video platforms introduce anti-addiction mode

Some of China’s favorite online video platforms have been ordered to stop getting teenagers addicted. So far, 53 platforms offer anti-addiction features, including 24 live streaming platforms. When trials started in March this year, the biggest names in Chinese video streaming were participating: Bilibili, Kuaishou, Tencent Video, Baidu’s iQiyi, Alibaba's Youku and TikTok, known in China as Douyin.

These platforms now offer options to turn off certain functions like private messages, bullet chat and content sharing. Another function will stop kids from showering live-streamers with their parents' hard-earned cash… which has been known to reach nearly US$75,000.

China takes a tough stance when it comes to how kids spend their time online. Battling internet addiction is a big part of the country’s gaming industry, where some game makers have gone as far as checking players’ identities against a police database.

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Panasonic won’t open Chinese battery plant for Tesla
Panasonic won’t open Chinese battery plant for Tesla
Tesla has been expanding across China, but its battery supplier Panasonic has no plans to plans to open a plant there for the EV maker. (Picture: Roy Issa/SCMP)
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Tencent has a new Tinder clone for 'high quality socializing'
Tencent has a new Tinder clone for 'high quality socializing'
Qingliao only shows users a limited number of profiles at a time. (Picture: Qingliao/iOS App Store)

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Man sues NetEase after his friend sells a US$1.4 million game character for US$500
Man sues NetEase after his friend sells a US$1.4 million game character for US$500
The local court touted this case as an example of how judges can mediate cases remotely. (Picture: Sichuan High Court)

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Didi will soon roll out a self-driving taxi service in Shanghai
Didi will soon roll out a self-driving taxi service in Shanghai
Didi’s autonomous driving team is developing and testing self-driving vehicles in both China and the US, the company says. (Picture: Didi)

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The Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia has a brand new look
The Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia has a brand new look
The new Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia looks nothing like the one that launched in China earlier this year. (Picture: Vivo)

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The Three-Body Problem animation trailer is getting mixed reactions
The Three-Body Problem animation trailer is getting mixed reactions
Former US President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have both read The Three-Body Problem. (Picture: Bilibili)

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China says its first permanent space station will be ready by 2022
China says its first permanent space station will be ready by 2022
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng (left) and Chen Dong (right) entering the Tiangong-2 space lab on October 19, 2016. (Picture: Xinhua)