(ECNS) - China's cyberspace authorities have advised short video platforms including Douyin, Kuaishou and Huoshan to pilot a system designed to prevent young users from becoming addicted to online videos.
When opening a short-video app for the first time each day, a user will receive a pop-up window that leads to a "teenager mode," which restricts access to content, duration of use and functions.
The system will also experiment with an automatic shift to “teenager mode” after analyzing data such as location and user behavior.
Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission said the system embedded in online videos is of great significance for the healthy growth of minors, fulfilling social responsibilities of enterprises and creating a good Internet environment.
According to a report from China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the number of short video users reached 648 million by the end of last December, most of them young people.
The cyberspace regulator said the system will be expanded to cover all short-video platforms in China by June when the pilot stage ends.
The commission will work with departments to make sure Internet companies fulfil their social responsibilities in preventing young people from becoming addicted to short videos.