Shortly after confirming it launched a campaign to purge the internet of pornography and other lewd content, the Chinese government has banned at least 41 additional web sites for various reasons.
The online porn crackdown began more than one week ago, started by the State Council's Information Office and Public Security and Culture ministries, along with several other government agencies. Nineteen Chinese web sites have been blacklisted, with Google.cn, Baidu and Microsoft MSN also on the list of temporarily banned web sites.
Pornography distribution is illegal in China, but the easy availability of internet has made it difficult for the government to limit access to adult content.
Google was also chastised by the Chinese government for not being proactive enough to block pornographic content in mainland China. While Google and Baidu offer links to lewd content, MSN was accused of linking to inappropriate images on its film channel and pictures that can be found in other parts of the web site.
The government has already shut down around 100 web sites since the campaign's launch, and it's unknown how many more sites the government is expected to shut down during the oncoming weeks.
Amnesty International and similar groups have criticized the Chinese government over its strong censorship practices, saying the internet crackdown is taking place ahead of several politically sensitive activities.
Despite the crackdown and censorship of the Internet, Chinese citizens continue to flock to the internet, as the country now has more than 300 million people using the internet.
quote: Most people over here aren't aware that what they can still look at is now illegal. At least China are doing something to uphold their standards rather than making up useless legislation in a knee jerk reaction* to last weeks news story and then moving on.
quote: Danger Will Robinson...Danger. That's a very broad paint brush you are using. If you go with that logic, if a high enough percentage of people start murdering other people because they disagreed or something, we should then say well this now needs to be tolerated behavior and make it legal to murder?
quote: You must remember rules/laws are not there to be fun; they are really there to educate future generations from what their elders already learned from trial and error.
quote: First things first… No such thing as a victimless crime. In this case Pot does in fact make you less intelligent.