Weibo rolls out celebrity list after state media rapped ‘unworthy’ stars

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SHANGHAI, Aug.6 (Reuters) – China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo (WB.O) on Friday announced that she would be removing an online list that ranks celebrities by popularity after state media said media platforms social media should curb the promotion of celebrity culture to protect children.

The announcement came hours after the state-owned People’s Daily published an op-ed criticizing platforms that prioritize traffic and create celebrities out of “unworthy” individuals, who can attract attention. and fan money.

He did not name any company.

Weibo said its decision to remove the “All-Star List,” which ranked celebrities based on the popularity of their social media posts and the number of followers, was in part due to “irrational support” that some fans were showing to celebrities.

“The list cannot fully and objectively reflect the social influence of stars,” and discourages healthy interaction between stars and fans, the company said in the statement.

The list was no longer visible online on Friday.

The People’s Daily op-ed is one of several editorials published this week calling for crackdowns on sectors such as gaming and alcohol, which have prompted investors to dump stocks in markets. targeted sectors.

The article argued that the cultural experience, self-awareness, and drinking habits of adolescents were all influenced by new media and technology, while the type of celebrities they followed and admired were closely linked to platforms in line.

The editorial comes after Chinese-Canadian pop singer Kris Wu was arrested by police amid allegations of seducing underage women. Wu denied the charges.

Wu’s case was widely followed in China and seen as a sign of excess in China’s entertainment industry and timely in the wake of the global #MeToo movement.

Online platforms should “strictly monitor idol development programs and strengthen the management of talent show programs” by monitoring reviews, voting mechanisms and comments, according to the article.

Popular platforms in China that fans interact with celebrities on, besides Weibo, include Bilibili Inc (9626.HK), Kuaishou Technology (1024.HK), and ByteDance-backed Douyin.

Reporting by Josh Horwitz and Sophie Yu; Editing by Nick Macfie

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