China Curbs Idol-Related App Purchases

Chinese authorities have removed apps from online stores that support idols and celebrities while forcing others to institute age restrictions.

What Happened: Chinese authorities have removed various apps from online stores for supporting idols and celebrities while forcing other mobile apps to institute age restrictions. Pandaily reports that the move comes after the June launch of a campaign against “chaotic fan club behavior.”

Some apps affected by the regulations include Chaoji Xingfantuan (Super Star’s Fan Club) and Taobao (Peach). Both have been removed from mobile app stores.

Pandaily reports that there are many kinds of idol apps in China. Some have been inaugurated and managed by third-party companies, with others originating from celebrity management agencies. For the most part, Chinese officials have targeted unofficial third-party apps. Continue to read the full article here