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Online Clampdown Targets Deceptive, Child-Unfriendly Cartoons

A China Central Television Report on so-called
A China Central Television Report on so-called "Elsagate," videos, which feature familiar cartoon characters in inappropriate or bizarre situations. Such videos have been spreading on popular Chinese video platforms such as Youku and iQiyi, Xinhua said. Photo: IC

It may look child-friendly on the surface, but a new type of cartoon containing adult themes like sex and violence has become the latest target of a government crackdown, after appearing on some of China’s most popular video sites.

The campaign against the cartoon videos labeled as “Elsagate” began late last month and will run through April, sponsored by China’s propaganda ministry, cyberspace authority, culture ministry and anti-pornography agency, among others, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. (link in Chinese)

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