On­line video crack­down tar­gets il­le­gal con­tent

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A crack­down on on­line videos con­tain­ing il­le­gal in­for­ma­tion was launched by China’s In­ter­net watch­dog on Thurs­day to fur­ther clean up cy­berspace.

The crack­down, which will last un­til the end of the year, will fo­cus mainly on il­le­gal videos on smart­phone app stores, cloud ser­vices, on­line fo­rums, mi­cro blogs and in­stant mes­sag­ing tool WeChat, the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

“We are pay­ing great at­ten­tion to videos with con­tent that in­cludes ter­ror­ism, ru­mors and pornog­ra­phy,” said Liang Lihua, deputy di­rec­tor of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s In­ter­net In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment.

The crack­down is be­ing launched in co­op­er­a­tion with the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion, Ra­dio, Film and Tele­vi­sion, Liang said.

“We guide web­site op­er­a­tors in check­ing the con­tent of


China up­loaded videos, while our part­ner is re­spon­si­ble for su­per­vis­ing the con­tent and pun­ish­ing wrong­do­ers,” she said.

“If we find web­site com­pa­nies, app in­ven­tors and on­line fo­rum op­er­a­tors are up­load­ing or spread­ing il­le­gal videos, we will not ask them to delete or re­move the con­tent, as we did pre­vi­ously,” Liang said.

“In­stead, we’ll deal with th­ese videos our­selves so that the web­sites will be bet­ter su­per­vised.”

WeiDangjun, deputydirec­tor of the Net­work Video Depart­ment at the pub­li­ca­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion, said there have been in­creased re­ports of up­loaded videos with ob­scene con­tent on smart­phone apps.

“We will mainly check such il­le­gal videos on the mo­bile net­work and soft­ware in the crack­down,” Wei said.

The crack­down will also tar­get some large web­sites with video plat­forms and some on­line fo­rums, Wei said.

On April 24, In­ter­net gi­ant Sina In­ter­net In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice had two of its In­ter­net business li­censes re­voked after porno­graphic con­tent was found.

A month later, the business li­cense held by Shen­zhen QVOD Tech­nol­ogy Co in Guang­dong prov­ince was re­voked after porno­graphic con­tent was spread.

An In­ter­net business li­cense en­ables a company to pro­vide telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion ser­vices via the Net.

“In pre­vi­ous cam­paigns, we mainly fo­cused on pic­tures, words and audio on main­stream web­sites, but this time we’ll also crack down on web­sites that are not qual­i­fied to broad­cast videos,” Wei said.

Xi Wei, deputy di­rec­tor of the China In­ter­net Il­le­gal In­for­ma­tion Re­port­ing Cen­ter, said there have been in­creased re­ports of il­le­gal videos on cloud ser­vices and in­stant mes­sag­ing tools re­cently.

In Oc­to­ber, the cen­ter re­ceived 30,199 re­ports, in­clud­ing 18,096 of porno­graphic con­tent and 515 about ru­mors, ac­cord­ing to its lat­est statis­tics.

The cen­ter has or­dered some In­ter­net gi­ants, in­clud­ing Sina, Baidu and Ten­cent, to delete 3,698 pieces of il­le­gal in­for­ma­tion and close 418 in­stant mes­sag­ing tool ac­counts sus­pected of spread­ing porno­graphic con­tent.

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