China’s Porno Awards Sets off Internet Smut Search

December 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Chinese censors are determined to wipe out every last reference to sexuality or sales of sexual products from Internet content, which is viewable by its citizens. Last weekend, Chinese officials set up a hotline and announced a substantial cash award to tipsters reporting content that “harms public morality.” And in China that describes just about everything. So, how did thousands of good Chinese citizens spend their weekend? They trolled the Internet for porn.

The announcement of the cash award flooded the hotline at the Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center, with hundreds of calls and thousands of online reports, from tipsters hoping to cash in on their porn search.

And the search for porn can be lucrative. The Chinese censors will award the first person to report each site, between 1,000 yuan and 10,000 yuan after a committee review of the site’s content. The higher end of the cash award amounts to about $1,500.

This latest censoring effort is part of a growing campaign to control the content of the Internet in China. The government has been pressuring Google to censor its search content in China. And the Chinese censors have already banned popular social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.

The government censors have also targeted hundreds of video-sharing websites. The popular site YouTube is banned in China, as well.

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One Response to “China’s Porno Awards Sets off Internet Smut Search”

  1. thewallofchina on December 8th, 2009 11:36 pm

    Crime is always there, its how a country keep the crime under control. in order to filter porn websites, why shut down Facebook, Twitter & youtube?

    None of the social networking site mentioned above promotes porn. Shut them up and it gives millions of people more reason to surf porn online.

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