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China bans celebrities from showing off their wealth on social media

In the latest assault on the entertainment industry, China has prohibited its superstars from flaunting their wealth on social media.


On Tuesday, China’s Cyberspace Administration announced that celebrities in the country will not be permitted to’show off wealth’ or ‘extravagant pleasure’ on social media.


The guidelines also prohibit celebrities from releasing inaccurate or private information, inciting fan groups against one another, or propagating rumors.


According to Business Insider, celebrities’ and followers’ social media accounts will be expected to follow ‘public order and good customs, adhere to accurate public opinion orientation and value orientation, promote socialist core principles, and preserve a healthy style and taste.’


The new limitations come amid a crackdown on celebrity culture in China, as the country tightens its grip on the entertainment industry.


At a Communist Party-hosted entertainment industry symposium in September, China’s celebrities were told to “oppose the degenerate concepts of money worship, hedonism, and extreme individualism.”


The slogan for the convention in Beijing was ‘Love the party, love the country, advocate morality and art.’


Senior party leaders and showbiz executives were there, and they were instructed to adhere to social principles, personal integrity, and family values.


According to state media, conference attendees were encouraged to ‘actively forsake crude and kitsch inferior tastes, and consciously oppose the decadent ideals of money worship, hedonism, and radical individualism.’


In August, a list of “misbehaving celebrities” who were purportedly blacklisted by Beijing was shared on social media.


Zhao, 45, and Zheng, 30, were both on the list, as was Chinese-Canadian pop singer Kris Wu, who was detained earlier this year on accusations of rape.

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