China has begun blocking Chinese-language search engine results deemed pornographic and is calling on Google to do more to combat explicit content. Google says it has met with government officials there to address the controversy. China's move follows weeks of controversy over its decision to include Web filtering software with all PCs sold in the country starting next month.
China has ordered Google to clean up its act when it comes to porn, and
has begun blocking some Chinese-language search results, according to a
report by China's official news agency.
The move by the government is the latest chapter in its assault on Internet porn, and follows weeks of controversy over
its mandate that all PCs sold in the country as of July have Web filtering software.
In a statement, officials at Google said the company was working to
deal with pornographic content and material "harmful to children" on
the Web in
"After seeing the government's announcement, Google has renewed these
efforts," a spokesperson said. "Google abides by the laws and
regulations of the countries we operate in -- and in
Chinathat means working to keep the Internet clean from pornography."
The China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Centre, a
government-supported Internet watchdog group, joined in the fray as
well and called on Google to block foreign Websites with "pornographic and vulgar" content from being accessed through www.google.cn, the Chinese-language version of the search engine.
The Chinese government's offensive on Internet pornography has been the
subject of scrutiny of late. In May, the government announced that
all PCs sold in
July 1 would be mandated to carry Web filtering software called Green
Dam Youth Escort Web to block pornographic content. However, critics
have noted that the software blocks more than just porn - it also
filters out sites that deal with politically sensitive subjects such as
the Falun Gong spiritual group.
The Chinese government, however, contends that users will technically be able to uninstall the software and do not have to activate it. Meanwhile, researchers at the
the Green Dam software contains vulnerabilities and accused the
software designers of stealing code from U.S.-based Solid Oak Software.
Jinhui Computer System Engineering, the company that created Green Dam,
has acknowledged the bugs in their product but denies stealing
anything from Solid Oak.