On June 3, 2018 China’s State Authority of Taxation ordered Jiansu local tax bureaus to investigate so-called “Yin-Yang contracts “after Yongyuan Cui, the previous most popular TV presenter revealed contracts information about China’s highest-paid actress Bingbing Fan.
"Yin-Yang" contracts refer to double contracts among which one contract sets out agreed payment terms and the other provides for a lower figure which is reported and declared to the tax authorities in order to avoid payment of tax. Over the internet, Cui’s initial disclosure showed Bingbing Fan had been paid RMB10 million however a second contract for the exact same work indicated a payment of RMB 50 million. If RMB 10 million “Yang” contract was used to pay taxes and the remaining 50 million “Yin” contract signed was unreported to the tax authority, the female star may face criminal charge in addition to making up tax underpayment as the amount of tax evasion is so great. By making an announcement through her workshop, Ms. Fan has denied any improper acts.
Fan has appeared in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Iron Man 3.”
On April 4, 2018, China’s broadcast regulator demanded that two of the country’s most popular media platforms, live-streaming app Kuaishou and Jinri Toutiao, to put a freeze on video uploading services for new account holders and be subjected to a correction of existing programs. According to the official notice, Jinri Toutiao and Kuaishou shall take rectification measures including i) comprehensive inspection of existing contents with pulling offline of programs with any indecent , violent , bloody , pornographic or otherwise harmful contents ; ii) blocking of all accounts that have uploaded harmful or illegal programming.
In early June, 2018, Tencent and Bytedance, the maker of China’s most popular news app Toutiao, and one of China’s fastest-growing start-ups sued each other. Bytedance accused Tencent of blocking its content from Douyin, a short video app, from Tencent's various social media platforms including WeChat. Bytedance thought these actions taken by Tencent aimed in eliminating competition in the market through abusing Tencent’s leading position. It demanded a public apology and a compensation of 90 million yuan . In contrast, Tencent accused Toutiao of slander through its news-aggregating app. It demanded a public apology and 1 yuan in compensation for defamation. The lawsuits signal the escalation of the legal battle between the two major internet companies, which likely inserted an influence on the entire digital media industry in China.