China steps up crackdown on celebrity information

China's Internet regulator has issued another notice aimed at restricting celebrity information online as the latest step to crack down on the showbiz industry.

The Cyberspace Administration said on Tuesday that the Internet has become more entertainment-oriented and vulgar content has been posted in recent years. Officials believe the chaotic fan culture is negatively affecting mainstream values.

The administration stressed the need to create a healthy Internet environment.

The regulator announced that it will ban what it calls abnormal aesthetics and distorted values such as ostentatious wealth and money worship, as well as spreading celebrity scandals.

The Chinese government has cited effeminate men as an example of abnormal aesthetics, apparently taking issue with the popularity of feminine-looking male idols.