SARFT claims sites violate national regulations

BEIJING — China’s Internet and media watchdog has banned 10 video websites and issued warnings to 17 others, ostensibly for breaking rules on the depiction of pornography, violence, terrorism and endangering national security.

The move by the all-powerful State Administration of Radio, Film and TV is aimed primarily at online platforms for the exchange of movie downloads, most of them pirated, as well as video-sharing sites. It follows in the wake of criticism of Chinese inactivity on piracy and illegal downloads.

SARFT said on its website that some of the webcos had been warned for providing online video services without approval or spreading video programs that violate national regulations.

The ban was imposed following warnings in March and May.

Among the 10 webcos banned were tvsou.com, tsxz.com, 3gdd.cn, Nanjing5.com, feesee.com, puppet.35ci.com and OurDVD. The webcos given a warning included VeryCD.com, online game service provider 9you.com, Mofile.com and news portal Oeeee.com.

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