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China Expands War on Porn

UNIQLO, Weibo, and homemade videos spur authorities to tougher enforcement

08·07·2015

China Expands War on Porn

UNIQLO, Weibo, and homemade videos spur authorities to tougher enforcement

08·07·2015

On Thursday, China’s main anti-pornography office announced that they would enhance efforts to crack down on online obscenities, specifically homemade sex tapes that find their way to social media.

 Just as the last month’s sensational UNIQLO incident was the case garnered the nation’s attention. Though police have dealt with that issue by detaining and investigating many suspects, the stemming sex on social media and elsewhere is a daunting task.

Similarly, on Wednesday, an identified person in the southwestern city of Chengdu recorded a sexual act and uploaded the video to Weibo, which proceeded to spread quickly online. Likewise at a shopping mall in the eastern city of Lishui, a large display screen showed sexual content and an unknown person recorded it and spread the footage online. 

Following these incidents, the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications announced Thursday that they would intensify cooperation with police in investigating widespread illegal content online. The office said they would ask the public to report these ‘unethical’ acts because those who engage in such a crime deserve serious punishment.

The government announced they would set up an online police in major tech firms to reduce online crimes such as spreading rumors against the government earlier this week. China’s internet realm is considered highly restrictive, and, among the bevy of political and social restrictions, pornography is technically illegal.

 
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