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Weibo pulls celeb rating listing after state media raps ‘unworthy’ stars

SHANGHAI: China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo mentioned on Friday (Aug 6) it will take down a web based listing that ranks celebrities by recognition after state media mentioned social media platforms must rein within the promotion of superstar tradition to guard kids.

The announcement got here hours after the state-owned Individuals’s Every day revealed an editorial criticising platforms that prioritise visitors and create celebrities out of “unworthy” people, who can draw consideration and cash from followers.

It didn’t title any firms.

Weibo mentioned its resolution to take down the “star energy listing”, which ranked celebrities primarily based on the recognition of their social posts and variety of followers, was partly because of the “irrational assist” some followers have been displaying for celebrities.

“The listing can’t comprehensively and objectively replicate the social affect of stars” and discourages wholesome interplay between stars and followers, the corporate mentioned within the assertion.

The listing was not seen on-line on Friday.

The Individuals’s Every day opinion piece is certainly one of a number of editorials revealed this week calling for crackdowns on industries akin to gaming and alcohol, which have prompted traders to dump shares in focused sectors.

The article argued that youngsters’ cultural expertise, self-awareness and consumption habits have been all influenced by new media and know-how, whereas the kind of celebrities they adopted and admired have been intently associated to on-line platforms.

The editorial comes after Chinese language-Canadian pop singer Kris Wu was detained by police amid allegations of seducing underage ladies. Wu has denied the accusations.

Wu’s case has been broadly adopted in China and seen as an indication of excesses in China’s leisure trade and well timed within the wake of the worldwide #MeToo motion.

On-line platforms ought to “strictly management idol growth programmes and strengthen administration of expertise present programmes” by controlling critiques, voting mechanisms and feedback, the article mentioned.

Well-liked platforms in China on which followers work together with celebrities, moreover Weibo, embrace Bilibili Inc, Kuaishou Know-how, and ByteDance-backed Douyin.

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