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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 Google.cn, 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: Hmmm
By Guyver on 1/7/2009 10:46:06 AM , Rating: 3
You're thinking like an American.

Even the Bible is censored over there by having a Chinese Communist version much like a King James version. In reality, in a communist country the government is the religion which is pretty much atheism. Any other philosophy essentially challenges the Communist government. And before I get flamed, I'm not religious so I'm not picking on atheists. People who actually and openly practice a religion by the way the religion dictates gets arrested over there. You either do it the government's way or you don't do it at all.

The censorship goes a long ways back. When Mao reinvented the Chinese alphabet to go from traditional Chinese characters to simplified Chinese characters, he dramatically reduced the illiteracy rate in China.... however, his ulterior motive was to make every Chinese person in the country unable to read Chinese text written 100 years ago. Why? Because classical Chinese philosophy flies in the face of Communist doctrine (much like any religion).

Unlike you or I who can pick up a book written in English 100+ years ago and actually read it (even though we may not comprehend all of it), a Chinese person from China cannot read anything written in traditional Chinese.

Either way, censoring the Internet is just an extension of what Mao started a long time ago.


RE: Hmmm
By Crysalis99 on 1/7/2009 10:56:20 AM , Rating: 2
Too much like an American? Guess so...

Chinese politics, culture and history was never my interest. Japan's was. So yeah I don't get this nearly as well as other things. Hell, to be honest, aside from learning about the very limited view of communism in High School. Politics and history aren't really my thing.

Any rate, I see what you are saying.


RE: Hmmm
By Dreifort on 1/7/2009 11:56:57 AM , Rating: 2
China has regualary used Yahoo to also sniff out any website owners who post anti-communist comments.

Yahoo has a whole crusade against them by many activist groups for supporting the arrest and torture of free-minded Chinese citizens. (one example is booyahoo.com)


RE: Hmmm
By garbageacc3 on 1/18/09, Rating: -1
RE: Hmmm
By TheRagnarok on 1/20/2009 4:56:36 PM , Rating: 2
Lol?, Crazin Asian?


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