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Government officials want search engines to reduce the amount of porn they link to

The Chinese government launched a crackdown against internet adult pornographic content by requesting search engine companies reduce the amount of web sites linking to all sexual content.

Government officials criticized Google and China's Baidu search engines, along with 17 others, calling for them to aggressively filter all sexual content.  Companies that do not comply with the threat risk heavy fines or being booted out of China.

Pornography is illegal in China, but the content proliferates into the country as more Chinese citizens begin to get Internet access.  A woman last month was arrested after she reportedly posted an explicit video of herself on the internet.

A collection of seven agencies, including the Ministry of Public Security, have banded together in an effort "to purify the Internet's cultural environment and protect the healthy development of minors."  The China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center noticed that more web sites, including, collects large amounts of links to pornographic web sites.

Baidu, Google -- the No. 2 search engine in China, trailing only Baidu -- NetEase, Sohu, and Sina were also named on the list created by the government.  Google doesn't attempt to censor pornographic search results or images in China, and uses an automatic filter and a red-flag system.

Search engines are expected to censor objectionable content, and then the government uses a massive Internet filtering system to eliminate material that slips through the cracks.  The Chinese government is well known for restricting and censoring internet content to its 253 million Internet users throughout the country.  

China's efforts to "control and censor the internet, and the government had tightened restrictions on freedom of speech and the domestic press" has increased, a U.S. State Department report published last year.

Intelligence analysts wondered if this small crackdown on porn content will lead to a bigger internet crackdown in the future.

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RE: yea china, sausage party land needs no porn
By cheetah2k on 1/7/2009 1:13:50 AM , Rating: 4
China is only doing this as it doesnt generate revenue within China itself, as a majority of porn sites reside in the US and abroad.

If they (the Chinese Government) were really serious, they would be focusing on all of the Karoke bars (brothels) and massage parlors (also brothels) that exploit poor under-age girls and encourages the spread of HIV/Aids amongst the younger generation of Chinese. When I was in China, such establishments were rife and pretty much on every street corner, not to mention the prostitutes waiting in every drinks bar waiting to earn their keep.

Looking at this in a different angle, getting rid of porn, while probably better off for the chinese economy, will have a far greater negative socio-economic effect on the people.

RE: yea china, sausage party land needs no porn
By Samus on 1/7/2009 2:42:30 AM , Rating: 2
According to your logic, I think getting rid of porn will escalate the prostitution/teen exploitation problems they already have. However, if you want to think of it as a way of boosting the economy by pumping money into the system, thats logical, but totally fucked.

By TomCorelis on 1/7/2009 4:40:28 AM , Rating: 2
but totally ....ed.
Nice pun... :-)

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