Monday, Jan 5, 2008
China launched a major crackdown on Internet pornography Monday targeting popular online portals and major search engines such as Google.
Seven government agencies will work together on the campaign to “purify the Internet’s cultural environment and protect the healthy development of minors,” said a statement by the information office of the State Council, China’s Cabinet.
Pornography is banned in China, though the government’s Internet police struggle to block Web sites based abroad.
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The government announcement said Google and Baidu, China’s two most heavily used search engines, had failed to take “efficient” measures after receiving notices from the country’s Internet watchdog that they were providing links to pornographic material.