The Chinese government has ramped up its weird assault on the amount of time children are allowed to spend on smartphones. New proposed guidelines will restrict those under the age of 18 to a maximum of two hours a day, an hour for eight- to 16-year-olds and just 40 minutes for under-eights.

It’s time to update that old tree falling in a forest adage too: if a few hundred million Chinese teenagers cried out but nobody was there to TikTok it, is it a meme?..

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