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China shuts down online porn sites

China has begun a crackdown on online pornography, with 110 websites and 3,000 social networking accounts closed.

By Ed Adamczyk

BEIJING, April 22 (UPI) -- A campaign in China called “Cleaning the Web 2014” has shut down numerous websites carrying pornography and closed social media accounts, the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications said.

In the latest drive against pornography, which is illegal in China, 110 websites have been closed since January, as well as over 3,000 accounts on China-based social networking services. More than 200,000 items of pornography have been removed.

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The crackdown, to last until November, comes weeks after the closing of Webchat, a popular social messaging entity with dozens out outspoken bloggers. It also follows a campaign to remove online rumor-mongering.

Sina Corp, a major web portal, temporarily suspended operations of its online reading section after “works containing inappropriate content” appeared the company said in a statement. Some foreign critics of the Chinese government’s actions contend the suppressions are the latest attempt to tightening control of the internet and lead to broader censorship.

A Beijing court sentenced a man to three years imprisonment last week for spreading rumors on the Sina Weibo website.

[Sky News] [Malaysian Digest]

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