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China Bans The Torture Of Web-Addicted Teenagers

 

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Do you play Candy Crush more than three hours per day? You're in luck! People will no longer be able to torture you, according to a new draft law released by the Chinese State Council last week.


From here on out, internet rehab centers (yes, those are a thing) are prohibited from administering beatings, medications and electroshock therapy to their patients. Who knew the line between Angry Birds-aholic and Guantanamo Bay prisoner was so paper thin? The law was drafted in wake of numerous reports of abuse at these web boot camps, including the aforementioned electric shock punishment and a horrific case where a teen girl tied up and starved her mother to death for sending her to one of the centers.


According to People's Daily,

 

"The new rules are aimed to solve teenagers’ internet addiction and four other major Internet related problemsAccording to the new draft lawgaming service providers will have to implement technical barriers to keep teenagers away from improper contentset limits to their daily maximum gaming timeand ban teenagers from gaming services from 12 a.mto 8 a.m."


Aka throw out of any dreams of having a date in China who looks up from their phone during sex. Joking aside, this is a big deal in a country whose netizens now more than double the US population. 


Related: China's 10 Most Popular Internet Searches Of 2016






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