China policing of Internet

China policing of Internet

As part of its efforts to police morality, ward-off possible threats posed by an increasingly westernized, assertive society – the result of rapid economic growth, China government launched a program that rewards people for information on Friday.

State media reports said any tip-off on Internet and mobile WAP sites containing illegal (anti-government) and pornographic materials will be rewarded with up to 10,000 yuan (RM4,952) in cash.

However, the censors’ latest campaign against content that harms public morality appears to have encouraged Internet users in the country to look for porn online.

Within the first 24 hours, a hotline set up Friday by Internet Illegal Information Reporting Centre was flooded with more than 500 phone calls and 13,000 online tips, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The centre is looking for websites and mobile phone-accessible sites that contain obscene material or advertise sex products, the report said.

China has launched several rounds of crackdowns on online pornography. In mid-November, the crackdown was extended to WAP sites that can be accessed by mobile handsets.