China reprimands online companies for spread of sex video

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China reprimands online companies for spread of sex video.

BEIJING (AP) — Sex may sell, but clothing retailer Uniqlo is finding the adage a bit uncomfortable after a Beijing store was said to be the setting of a steamy online video. A sex tape reportedly filmed in a clothing store’s changing room has gone viral in China as authorities condemned the explicit video as “against socialist values”.

A viral sex video that set the Chinese internet alight this week struck a severe blow to the country’s “core socialist values”, Beijing’s online watchdog has said.SINGAPORE — A video clip of a Chinese couple apparently having sex in a changing room of a Uniqlo store in Beijing went viral overnight yesterday (July 14), before it taken off the web. Towards the end of the video, which appears to have been recorded by the man himself, a female voice can be heard over an intercom welcoming shoppers to the Uniqlo store. The X-rated footage spread like wildfire on platforms such as WeChat and Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, leaving internet censors scrambling to keep up.

At 10:40am on July 15, the day after the footage was shot, just 20 minutes before the opening of the Sanlitun store, staff held a meeting while a group of people stood outside the store armed with their cameras in hand. The Cyberspace Administration of China on Wednesday also chastised the country’s two main Internet companies for allowing the video to go viral, and by Thursday it was difficult to find online. Japanese high street retailer Uniqlo has become the hottest tourist attraction in Beijing for all the wrong reasons. “The viral circulation of the obscene fitting room video on the Internet… has severely violated socialist core values”, it cited an unnamed CAC official as saying. “Highly concerned web users have reprimanded the acts that are suspected vulgar marketing or event marketing… and have called for severe punishment”, the official said.

A fake H&M announcement has also gone viral on the internet, sarcastically saying “we provide more well-thought-out fitting rooms equipped with hidden cameras to fulfil your dream of becoming a movie director”. “Please proceed to the second and third floor if you need to try clothes on”. This led to the Japanese retailer issuing a statement online denying the allegations. “As a responsible international brand, Uniqlo is dedicated to providing consumers with safe, comfortable and quality shopping experiences and locations,” the company said. “We would like to remind all customers to abide by society’s moral standard… and properly and appropriately use our fitting rooms.” The Guardian reported today that commemorative T-shirts celebrating the Uniqlo encounter could be found on online shopping portals such as Taobao and Tmall. “Dear customers!” the fake sign read. “Sorry for any inconvenience that will cause”.

The clip rapidly went viral on China’s Twitter-like Weibo and mobile messaging service WeChat, with scores of people going to take selfies outside the outlet, some mimicking the poses seen in the footage. In a statement, the Japanese retail giant – which has stores in 14 countries – reminded customers to “abide by social ethics, maintain social justice and correctly and properly use the fitting spaces provided by Uniqlo stores”.

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