China pinches thousands for pron
Vows more action in 2010
Chinese authorities have arrested over five thousand people in a continuing crackdown on internet pornography.
The news came at the end of a year of action against online smut which saw a volunteer army recruited to monitor naughtiness on the net. But 2009 also saw China shelve plans for compulsory net filters for all its citizens, which were seen by many as no more than an excuse to improve overall web censorship.
It moved instead to prevent individuals registering web addresses unless they hold a business licence. It is also creating a blacklist of people not ever allowed to hold a Chinese domain.
China arrested 5,394 people during the crackdown in 2009 - four times more than in 2008, Reuters reports.
The Ministry of Pubic Security promised even more action this year. It promised to increase monitoring, push ISPs to provide filtering technology and: "intensify punishments for Internet operations that violate laws and regulations".
The country now has more internet-connected citizens than any other, but is still struggling with the social and political implications this brings. ®
And here in the UK ....
The government are closely monitoring the Chinese authorities progress to see how they can improve their own crackdown on porn.
No one is for porn
You're new here aren't you?
Hmm bit short sighted
With the population levels continuing to increase in China you would have thought they would be promoting pron as an alternative to the the real thing.
I say China should reverse policy such that their needy individuals are so swamped with the stuff they have to beat it off.