HONG KONG — Chinese governments summoned 11 companies such as Alibaba and Tencent for discussions concerning the safety of voice applications, as Beijing steps up evaluation over the online sector.

The online watchdog that the Cyberspace Administration of China said Thursday that the discussions were about safety assessments of technologies employed in voice-based social websites and deepfake engineering that may possibly control and make artificial sound content of individuals talking.

The relocation comes as police lately have improved oversight over tech companies in the nation, over worries of anticompetitive behaviour.

Firms called in for discussions with the CAC comprised smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, TikTok parent firm Bytedance and live-streaming company Kuaishou.

Authorities urged them to comply with cybersecurity legislation and conduct safety evaluations, enhance risk control and prevention and also”take effective rectification steps” for almost any previously unknown security dangers.

The assembly also comes after China banned sound social networking platform Clubhouse a month later Chinese users participated in real-time talks about political issues like a crackdown on Uyghurs from the northwestern Xinjiang region. Chinese equivalents of all Clubhouse have emerged up in the Chinese market, with firms including Xiaomi relaunching a messaging program to a similar audio-social networking platform.

China in 2019 prohibited online video and sound suppliers from utilizing artificial intelligence technology to make”fake news” that police must be untrue.