Date
12 December 2017
Snapshot of Sina game's column "Onion Ring"
Snapshot of Sina game's column "Onion Ring"

Gotcha! Mainstream media falls for game porn ban hoax

Mainstream Chinese media apparently fell for a satirical report about a purported crackdown on web game pornography, rattling the web developer industry.

The report said the central government will ban the use of racy images such as bikini-clad girls in web games as part of a crackdown on online pornography. Characters with exposed sensitive body parts are prohibited, no shorts and short sleeves are allowed and game characters cannot engage in any form of physical contact.    

Several game developers denied the report after it was picked up by mainstream media, including Guangzhou Daily, a leading newspaper backed by the Guangdong provincial government, Caijing.com reported Thursday.

The hoax may have originated from a post on the Sina game website called Onion Rings, reportedly inspired by the United States-based satirical website The Onion, Caijing said.

Sina deleted the post but not before market watchers blamed it for causing a fall in the share prices of several game developers such as Ourpalm Co. Ltd. (300315.CN) and Hangzhou Shunwang Technology Co. Ltd. (300113.CN).

On Tuesday, police raided the Shenzhen offices of QVOD Technology Co. Ltd., a provider of one of China’s most popular video player software, after complaints it was circulating pornographic material through its video player.

– Contact HKEJ at [email protected]

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