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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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Missing the point.
By Reclaimer77 on 1/7/2009 5:47:52 PM , Rating: 2
No offense but all of you have whiffed big time on the true goal behind this.

Porn invokes images of rich lifestyles, beautiful women, exotic locations and expensive cars. The LAST thing China needs, in their minds, are thousands or millions of men and women with fantasies of a better standard of living. And when you get right down to it, that's porn in a nutshell, a fantasy.

Remember what helped defeat Communist Russia. It wasn't a super weapon or diplomacy. It was Coca Cola, McDonalds, designer jeans etc etc.

RE: Missing the point.
By os008 on 1/10/2009 10:11:18 AM , Rating: 2
The question that's always on my mind ... why does USA invade dictatorship countries that're too weak, while leaving strong countries (like USSR and PRC or China) that are the REAL threat to its security and potential for a Cold, eventually 'hot', war?

As we say in Arabic ... couldn't harrass the big donkey so he went for the small one (sounds better in Arabic).

I have to say, i see trouble in the horizon, China is becoming stronger everyday, another Cold War isn't far fetched, just my opinion.

In the end ... there has been, and will ALWAYS be, a global dictator throughout history. Remove one ... replaced by another!

Yours truely ... frustrated Egyptian :(.

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