Mr Bean impersonator woos China
British actor Nigel Dixon is trying to calm frayed nerves in the central Chinese city of Wuhan with his online social media miniseries Mr Pea. The 53-year-old, who does an impersonation of British sitcom character Mr Bean, traveled to the region at the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in early January. He refused to leave Wuhan even as it went into lockdown, saying he worried that he could spread the virus and that he wanted to show support to the people in China.
Homebound and bored, millions of Chinese are tuning into live streams
Live-streaming, already a booming industry in China, is experiencing a new wave of popularity with many cities locked down and millions staying home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 2,000 people in the country as of Wednesday. While the outbreak has hit China’s economy overall, a strong move from offline to online activity from those confined to their homes has boosted the fortunes of some tech companies, including those with live-streaming platforms. Short video platforms with live-streaming features saw a sharp increase in user activity since the outbreak was first reported in late December, according to a QuestMobile report this week. Over the re
Kim Kardashian West didn’t break the Chinese internet
Kim Kardashian West didn’t manage to break the Chinese internet in her first attempt to connect with online consumers in the country. Kardashian West showed up for about an hour from New York during a live stream hosted by marketplace Tmall on Wednesday night to promote her perfume line KKW Fragrance. (Tmall is owned by Alibaba, which also owns Inkstone.) The live stream got about 30,000 views on KKW Fragrance’s channel and 189,000 views on an official channel of Tmall.  By comparison, Kardashian West’s live-streaming partner of the night, a Chinese influencer called Viya, got 12.6 million views, though she was streaming for six hours.  The comparatively lukewarm response to the reality TV
Kim Kardashian to peddle perfume on Chinese internet
Kim Kardashian may be an internet-breaking reality TV mogul with a net worth of $350 million. But in China, she is still struggling to connect with fans. To crack the Chinese market, which has the world’s biggest base of internet users, Kardashian will personally pitch her perfumes on an online shopping channel.  The US reality TV star will appear live on the online marketplace Taobao on Wednesday night to promote her KKW Fragrance line. (Taobao is owned by Alibaba, which also owns Inkstone.) She won’t be selling on her own. Kardashian will be a guest on the channel of a top Chinese shopping influencer, as part of KKW’s sales campaign for the upcoming November 11 “Singles’ Day,” China’s ann
The latest social media craze in China: watching North Koreans
China’s booming online video scene offers something for everyone: cute animals, cooking tutorials, quirky artwork and now, a glimpse into the world’s most reclusive country. Residents in China’s northeast near North Korea have gained legions of fans online by posting videos of North Koreans on the other side of the border.  On the popular video and live-streaming site Kuaishou, users have posted hundreds of videos of North Koreans walking on the road, shopping at markets, riding bicycles and even taking baths in the Yalu River that separates the two countries.  “We can film them because the river is quite narrow here,” a 34-year-old video host in the northeastern county of Changbai, which ov
Inside a Chinese censorship factory
When are bikinis allowed on China’s live-streaming apps, and when are they not? As content moderators at Inke, one of China’s largest live-streaming companies with 25 million users, Zhi Heng and his brigade of 1,200 mostly fresh-faced college graduates have just seconds to decide whether the swimwear on their screens breaches the rules of the platform. Here on the front lines of China’s war to police the internet, companies employ armies of censors to adjudicate the sea of content produced each day for and by the world’s biggest online population. As of the end of last year, almost 400 million people in China had live-streamed their activities on the internet. Most of it is innocuous: showi
He wanted to be famous online. Instead he drank himself to death
He wanted to be one of China’s growing ranks of famous online celebrities. But his pursuit of fame led him to an early grave. A man from northeast China has died after filming himself drinking alcohol and a variety of other fluids – including cooking oil – every day for three months, a news website has reported. The drinker, identified only as a 29-year-old surnamed Chu, made his last online appearance on December 31 when he live-streamed himself via the Liaoliao app, appearing to be downing a bottle of alcohol in a supermarket in Dalian, northeast China, reported on Tuesday. “He died not because he drank that day, but because he had done so for three months,” said a person claim
Lingerie live-streamers banned in Chinese province
Chinese video-watchers can bid farewell to sexy costumes, lingerie, see-through dresses and skin-toned body tights. The central Chinese province of Hubei has become the first to ban female hosts from wearing revealing clothing as part of new guidelines for live-streaming broadcasts, state news agency Xinhua reported. Live-streaming is hugely popular in China. There are more than 100 different live-streaming platforms, with some streamers able to earn an income with their unique online offerings. These range from something as simple and innocuous as glimpses of the life of a farmer to scantily clad women performing dance routines. Female live-streamers have become very popular with the estim
The live-streaming sites giving China’s voiceless something to say
China’s live-streaming industry is a huge business, with hundreds of apps vying for the attention of the nation’s some 800 million internet users. The business is expected to soar in value to some $7.4 billion this year, up from around $5 billion in 2018, according to Shenzhen-based analytics firm ASKCI Consulting. Many of the most successful livestreamers are the people you might expect: young, attractive women hosting online shows from their well-appointed homes (or studios). But director Zhu Shengze’s latest documentary Present.Perfect, which premiered on January 27 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, shifts the focus from the internet’s rich and beautiful to its ordinary people
China bans political satire and sexy moaning from video apps
Making memes of Communist Party leaders, political satire and overly sexual moaning have all been banned on China’s thriving short video app industry. Chinese authorities have introduced detailed regulations covering the industry, singling out 100 categories of banned content in its ongoing effort to clean up China’s cyberspace. Short video apps – such as Douyin, known internationally as TikTok – are wildly popular in China, boasting an estimated 594 million users in the country. The China Netcasting Services Association, one of the largest internet associations in the country, released two sets of management rules on Wednesday to give clearer guidance on what content needs to be censored by