Feeds

Beijing stamps down on Net porn

'Rampant'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

China is to crack down on XXX Web sites. Officials say the "rampant" increase in online porn is damaging the moral fabric of the nation - and young people, in particular.

Xinhuanet quotes one state official who reckons porn "severely damaged social style, polluted the social environment, and harmed the physical and psychological health of the young people".

However, the report does not explain exactly how Beijing intends to stamp out adult sites, other than threatening to "severely punish" anyone who has "violated" the law.

China's bid to rid itself of porn is the latest in a long line of measures to restrict personal freedom. At the beginning of the July, for example, China extended its hard-line stand against human rights and personal freedom by introducing new rules to monitor and censor the use of text messages.

And last month, Chinese websites, ISPs and other Internet-related organisations were "invited" to sign a self-discipline pact to prevent the spread of anti-government information, porn and anything else that might threaten "national security (and) social stability". ®

Related stories

China snoops on text messages
Junk mail host nations named and shamed
China urges ISPs to sign 'self-disciplinary' pact
Chinese government censors online games
Chinese youths trash Internet café
China shuts 8,600 cybercafes

A new approach to endpoint data protection

More from The Register

next story
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?