Star pursuing of Underage Fans Need the Guide Light of Law
Since early 2020, major communities and forums have seen several irrational ‘pursuing star’ behaviors from some idols’ underage fans, which triggered harsh fights among them and dragged the online environment into chaos. The incidents have also urged the Weibo platform to carry out its own rectification, and actively responded to the key governance aspects of the National Cyberspace Administration of China regarding the implementation of the 2020 “Clean and Bright” minor summer network environment special rectification.
On July 18, 2020, the Weibo administrator community announced that it will give priority to rectification on inducing minors to pursue stars without a bottom line and fans group conflicts. Due to the failure to effectively guide and respond to various fans groups, a series of phenomena have appeared that disrupted the order of online communication, which has caused negative social impacts, and this has also sounded the alarm for us in the protection of underage children’s values.
To deal with the problem of mutual verbal abuse, personal assaults, faking ranking lists and hot searches on topics which involve celebrities, Weibo punishes
and publicizes such behaviors, sorts out and publicizes rules and measures to prevent comment control and data faking; disposes of publicity ‘fans group’ occupational anti-fans, malicious marketing and other illegal accounts. In addition, continues to talk with major star talent agencies, clarifies the relative responsibilities of agencies, and strengthens cooperation and common governance. In the near future, the behavior of “promoting hatred” will be clearly defined, incorporated into community rules, and normal governance will be launched.
At the meantime, Weibo believes that influential public figures and stars should take responsibility for guiding and restraining fan behaviors. It is recommended that the stars’ work team should strengthen the ability to positively guide and restrain the fan community. Before this, it is no longer surprising to find hot searching or announcements about celebrities sent lawyer letters to occupational anti-fans, but why are most people still not learning their lessons, instead having fun from it? One involved celebrity once issued an advice that “I hope everyone will put their studies, work, and life ahead of pursuing stars”, but the enthusiasm for cursing has only increased, and the saying “does not need support” which is misinterpreted by some people has caused another wave of hitting ranks and consuming. Even if there are guiding remarks or advice, how many people really accept it? Regardless of whether a netizen is a fan or not, it is yet still difficult even for adults to distinguish right from wrong in the complex network environment. Moreover, with online information being so often divergent and difficult to distinguish between true and false, making minors who lack judgment and social experience exposed to this environment is one of the top disadvantages. The effectiveness of oral remonstration is clearly not as effective as laws and regulations, and this still requires the joint efforts of all sectors of society, especially legislative and law enforcement agencies.
Due to the inadequacy of network management, real-name access to the Internet is still not implemented, and minors can easily linger on Weibo, Tieba forums, lofter and other major information platforms. There are a large number of such platforms, various information sources, and the quality of information is uneven. For minors who are not mature enough, they are more likely to be induced and driven by the enthusiasm or speech of star pursuing, and bad value-oriented information and behavior from this are therefore endless. Ensuring the healthy growth of minors is the common aspiration of the society, and guiding the underage to establish right values is also the common responsibility of the whole society.
Not only China, but our neighbor Vietnam is also actively responding to challenges from minors’ cybersecurity. The Vietnamese government is setting about the promulgation of relevant laws and regulations. During the supervision meeting of the National Assembly of Vietnam, many provincial and municipal deputies asked the government to formulate long-term planning strategies to protect youth in cyberspace, strengthen international cooperation and protect youth. In the online environment, the central institution is specifically responsible for managing issues related to the safety of the young in the online environment to coordinate various ministries and promote cooperation between government agencies and the private sector to improve the safety of teenagers on the internet.
In the online world, many major social networks are complicated, and minors’ involvement in cyberspace urgently needs correct guidance from society. The special rectification of the Internet environment for minors in the summer 2020 “Clean and Bright” and the topic of protecting youth online safety discussed by the Vietnamese National Assembly are both active attempts to maintain the domestic online communication community and online order, to fully create a good online environment. With the promulgation of relevant laws and regulations, there will be institutional guarantees for minors to access the Internet. Besides, the common supervision of the whole society is a weapon to make bad network behaviors nowhere to hide, and this requires the joint efforts of everyone.
作者：陈可欣 编辑：丁心睿 翻译：贾少轩 资讯：曹 玲
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