Chinese government’s month-long crusade against Internet porn

Launching a month-long campaign, to revamp its forceful approach to Internet content, the Chinese government aims at stamping out pornography, even on the sites of Google and Baidu, China’s most popular search engine. According to the government, both Baidu and Google offer blogging services that are used to distribute obscene and vulgar content.

Though most search engines do not publish the content of their own, they are responsible in China for the content that users can access.

The move by the Chinese government is designed to ensure that Internet becomes ‘safe to surf’ for the young. Earlier too, the government tried an onslaught on obscenity, but this time around the officials are strict to the extent of threatening action against almost 19 Internet companies with sites that fail to filter content which is ‘low-class.’

Involved against this crusade against Internet porn are seven government agencies – which include the State Council Information Office, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and the Ministry of Public Security.

A statement on the MPS Web site said that “Internet access to pornographic content harms the morality and health of young people and is a violation of Chinese law.”

Meanwhile, talking about the latest campaign by the Chinese government, Leslie Harris, president Center for Democracy and Technology, told TechNewsWorld: “Look at the words the Chinese government is using: ‘low-class,’ ‘crude.’ That could apply to anything. If the content is coming from China, I would be concerned their use of such broad terms is intended to reach political and religious content, general disagreement.”
 

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