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Chinese government begins crackdown on mobile pornography apps

The Chinese government is launching a crackdown on mobile pornography and obscene content, urging mobile app providers to clean things up themselves first
By: Michael Hatamoto | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: Jul 22, 2014 10:16 pm

The Chinese government plans to launch a crackdown on mobile pornography and obscene content, as part of its "clean the Internet" campaign. Critics of the ban say it's nothing more than the Communist Party trying to limit anti-government discontent.

 

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China is well known for restricting what its population of 632 million Internet users can access - and with 83 percent relying on smartphones for Web access - it's not surprising to hear the crackdown will focus on mobile apps. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said the campaign will first start with mobile app companies encouraged to remove inappropriate content on their own.

 

The actual effectiveness of these types of campaigns remains unknown, as tech savvy users will share ways to easily circumvent the ban. Furthermore, the use of WeChat and other mobile messaging apps make it even easier to share "lewd" content, as the number of social networking and messaging apps in China increases.

NEWS SOURCES:In.reuters.com, Namvietnews.files.wordpress.com

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