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  • Chinese streaming sites are getting censored
  • Chinese streaming sites are getting censored
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Chinese streaming sites are getting censored

Famous for its strict censorship laws, the Chinese government is now set on banning 'erotic' banana eating from increasingly popular live-streaming sites. The likes of Douyu, Panda.tv, YY, Zhanqi TV and Huya have come under fire for hosting content that it claims is 'harming social morality'.



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