China says to crack down on pornography in mobile apps




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BEIJING – China crack down on smartphone apps featuring pornography and obscene content, the government said on , the latest move in an official to ‘clean the ’.

The ruling Communist Party has since last year intensified a against what it calls ‘rumors’ and ‘pornography’ online due to their harmful effect on the country.

Critics, however, say the crack down aims to quash anti-government discourse.

The anti-porn targeting mobile apps encourage companies to remove the offensive material themselves, the Ministry Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on its website. [eap_ad_2] China also “enhance abilities to discover pornographic and obscene apps” and “improve the process punishment”, MIIT said.

China has the world’ biggest online , with 632 million users, and the majority – 83 percent as the end June – use smartphones to access the web, according to the China Network Information Centre.

Mobile messaging apps are widely used, with Tencent Holdings Ltd’ WeChat of the most popular in China. Users of WeChat say there are chat groups dedicated to sharing lewd animated clips and images. Tencent declined to comment.Other Chinese social networking and messaging apps include Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’ Laiwang, Xiaomi’ Miliao, and Yixin, jointly developed by China Telecom Corp and NetEase Inc. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]