Sunday, 25 April 2021

China fines online education firms for false advertising

Beijing city has fined four online education agencies $76,988 each for misleading customers with false advertising, the local market regulator said on Sunday. GSX Techedu, TAL Education Group, Koolearn Technology, and Gaosi were given the maximum fine for falsely claiming that the price for its online courses before the discount was much higher than it actually was, the regulator said. Instagram launches feature to tackle hate speech, abuse Chinese authorities are playing catch up in the regulation of online learning platforms. Earlier this month, the education ministry forbade online education firms from offering minors live-streamed courses and games at night, to ensure children get enough sleep. Investors have increased their bets on China’s online education sector, which has attracted growing interest after the coronavirus outbreak prompted a widespread switch to remote learning. Too many apps can spoil online learning Leading startups in the field include GSX, Tencent-backed Yuanfudao, and Alibaba-backed Zuoyebang. China has also stepped up efforts to regulate the online gaming industry, citing concerns over potentially violent and addictive games, putting pressure on companies such as Tencent and Netease.    

from Latest Technology News, Tech News Pakistan | eTribune

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