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China closes porn, content sharing websites

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:58 a.m. HST, Feb 27, 2013

BEIJING » China says it has closed scores of websites for offering pornography, video sharing and online gaming.

The official Xinhua News Agency on Wednesday (Tuesday in Hawaii) said a new crackdown led to the shuttering of 225 websites and more than 30,000 blogs and Twitter-like microblog accounts found to be offering obscene or improper content. They included sites offering photo and video sharing as well as online gaming, Xinhua said, citing a statement from the State Internet Information Office.

It said the office was working with police and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to investigate those running the sites and how they got online.

China's Communist authorities heavily police the Internet for content deemed obscene or politically subversive. Twitter, Facebook, and other Western social media sites are blocked.

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Definitive communists, jeez.
on February 27,2013 | 06:07AM
HD36 wrote:
All work and no play makes Bing Wong a very bored boy.
on February 27,2013 | 06:21AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Fortunately, cute cat videos are still permitted thus preserving at least one of the internet's major functions.
on February 27,2013 | 07:18AM
localguy wrote:
So true!!!!!
on February 27,2013 | 11:18AM
Anonymous wrote:
They used closing porn as a cover; actually they want to crank down on blogs that expose official corruption or critical of the regime.
on February 27,2013 | 09:08AM
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