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Chinese live-streaming site shuts down accounts after a host revealed faking acts of charity

A popular live-streaming website has banned 21 accounts that broadcast their hosts’ supposed charitable acts in an impoverished remote village in western China, after one such account was revealed as a scam earlier this month.

The move by live-streaming site Kuai Shou, which claims to have 300 million users, came after a host known for giving money to people in remote villages was revealed to have been faking his acts of generosity, the Chengdu Commercial Daily reports.

The host had uploaded footage of him distributing money and food to villagers in the mountainous Da Liangshan area in southwestern Sichuan province, which drew him praise and increased his fan base.

It was later revealed, however, that the host took back the money he had given the villagers after the live broadcast was completed.

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The scandal has since drawn wide attention and strong criticism from the Chinese online community.

Kuai Shou said it had permanently shut down the account of that host and reported the case to the police.

The company is also thoroughly checking all accounts that broadcast such charitable acts. Six accounts suspected of faking such donations have been temporarily shut down and another 21 accounts which broadcast charitable activities in the Da Liangshan area have been banned.

The company would compensate the losses of viewers who were deceived into rewarding those hosts with virtual gifts, it said.

The virtual gifts, given by viewers to their favourite hosts, can be exchanged for cash, allowing live-streaming hosts to make huge profits if they are popular.

Police are still investigating the original case.