China's internet industry regulator supports removal of content related to Kris Wu, following arrest order for Chinese-Canadian pop idol
Published: Aug 17, 2021 11:09 PM
Kris Wu Photo: VCG

Kris Wu Photo: VCG

China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA), one of the biggest associations in the Chinese internet industry, said it support its members to remove content related to Chinese-Canadian pop idol Kris Wu Yifan, after he was arrested under suspicion of rape.

The government-affiliated association made these remarks after several mainstream platforms, including Tencent, iQiyi and Youku, said on Tuesday that they removed content involving Wu, and will have "zero tolerance" with misconduct by celebrities . 

The CNSA also said that it supports the unified action of members of the organizations and reiterated its stance of blocking from platforms those public figures who cross the legal line . 

Prosecutors from Beijing's Chaoyang district ordered on Monday the arrest of Wu who was investigated by the local police under suspicion of rape on July 31.

According to the CNSA, as of Tuesday morning 1.9 million short videos, and more than 7,000 video programs involving Wu were removed from the web and the screening of relevant videos is underway.  

More than 80 Chinese entertainers under Mango TV, an organization of Chinese video platforms, banded together to sign a letter of commitment on Monday promising that they will set a good example for young people to allow the entertainment industry return to a positive and healthy environment.

As next step, the CNSA will start sharing government and industrial policies with its member institutions to improve the quality, knowledge and morality of members of the profession, take the lead to guide relevant institutions and employees to abide by the rules, and oppose any misconduct. 

The China Film Association, China Musicians Association and China TV Artists Association also made statements on the arrest of Wu on Tuesday and vowed to resist unethical celebrities and create clean environment for the TV industry. 

Global Times