China punishes 422 porn websites




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BEIJING – China has investigated and punished 422 websites as part of a crackdown online pornography, State Internet Office said Tuesday.
Since beginning of this year, office has closed over 4,800 accounts social networking services including WeChat, Weibo, blogs and online forums.
Over 9,000 advertisements and over 300,000 pieces of with pornographic contents were deleted.
“Cleaning Web 2014’’ campaign scheduled to last from April to November, is in response to persistent spread of pornography online in spite of multiple previous crackdowns.
“It is an obvious violation of the law to spread pornography online as it greatly harms minors and the social ethos.
 The campaign is not an aim, but a mean to mobilise the entire society and coordinate all the of government departments to solve outstanding in relatively short time.
“Authorities would promote a long-term mechanism to management of the Internet,’’ the official said.
He Internet authorities at all levels to enhance management of web portals.
“Websites should also shoulder responsibilities, self-management and checks of content,’’ he said. (Xinhua/NAN)