91 'vulgar' sites have been shut down
BEIJING — China has shuttered 91 websites for pornographic and other “vulgar” content, making good on its promise to clean up the Internet (Daily Variety, Jan. 5).Among the names targeted last week were China’s search engine leader Baidu, Google and Microsoft’s MSN, but they were not included in the list of 91 banned sites. Three local operators, including online gamer NetEase.com and search engine/content provider Sina.com, apologized for failing to purge such content. China is clamping down on the Internet ahead of the 60th anniversary of the revolution that brought the Communist Party to power and the 20th anniversary of the crushing of the Beijing democracy movement. China has the world’s largest online population at more that 250 million, according to official figures. Distributing porn is illegal in China, and authorities are warning of a tougher crackdown in coming days.