Live streaming apps have child safety issues: welfare group

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/07/24
By: Hsu Chih-wei and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) Apps for live streaming videos have rapidly gained popularity

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among young social media users over the past several years, but a child welfare organization has discovered risks to child safety in the way the apps, which are easily accessible on computers and mobile devices, are used.

The Child Welfare League Foundation, a Taipei-based non-profit organization, published the results of a survey on Monday showing that 19.3 percent of the most popular online live-streaming anchors — a total of 29 — are under the age of 18, the youngest of whom is an 11-year-old.

Two-thirds of these young anchors are female, according to the survey conduced July 6-7.

On each of Taiwan’s top three live streaming apps in terms of popularity — Meme, Langlive (浪live) and — the foundation singled out the 50 most popular anchors of live streaming videos who have made their ages known to their subscribers.

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