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Chinese live-streamers banned from 'seductively eating bananas' on camera

By Ben Hooper
Chinese live-streamers banned from 'seductively eating bananas' on camera
A young woman enjoys a banana in a way that may or may not be deemed too seductive by Chinese live-streaming video monitors. Photo by Alliance/Shutterstock.com

BEIJING, May 6 (UPI) -- Chinese live-streaming video websites announced female broadcasters are being banned from "seductively eating bananas" as part of a crackdown on pornography.

Regulations handed down as part of a Ministry of Culture investigation into "inappropriate and erotic" online content requires popular streaming sites Douyu, Panda.tv, YY, Zhanqi TV and Huya to monitor all of the live streams they host for banned content including pornography and violence.

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The content the sites are seeking to block from broadcasts include female live-steamers "seductively eating bananas," state-run news agency CCTV reported.

Female live-streamers are also being banned from wearing stockings and suspenders while appearing on camera.

The Ministry of Culture announced last month that it was probing the live-streaming sites to do away with violent and pornographic content that "harms social morality."

Social media users in China have questioned at what point footage of a woman eating a banana becomes provocative, while others wondered whether the same rules would be applied to men who eat bananas while live-streaming.

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