China continued its nationwide crackdown on Internet pornography Thursday by releasing a second list of web portals violating the country’s Internet regulations. China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center (CIIRC) said in a statement that all 14 portals named on the list contain content which either go against public morality or harm children’s psychological health.  The new list included Microsoft’s MSN China. The CIIRC said the portal’s movie and community sections contain a large number of lewd pictures. 

Authorities said in Thursday’s statement that Google has cleaned up most of the unhealthy content in its search results, although more work still needs to be done.   While Baidu, the most popular search engine for Chinese, was criticized by the CIIRC for taking sluggish measures to filter porn pictures from its search results and blogs.  Source: Xinhua

BIIA Newsletter March 2009 Issue