China: We Shut Down 1.3 Million Websites in 2010

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News Posted: Mon, Jul 18 2011 11:29 AM

China isn't exactly known for fostering open opinions on the Internet, but hey, according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China boasts a "high level of freedom of online speech." The research organization that sits under the State Council then goes on to brag about China dropping the axe on 1.3 million websites in 2010, which effectively reduced the number of online portals in the country by 41 percent.

"This means our content is getting stronger, while our supervision is getting more strict and more regulated," Liu Ruisheng, a researcher at the academy, explains to BBC News.

That's one way to spin it. The other explanation -- you know, the one that makes sense -- is the recent reduction of nearly half of China's websites has to do with the country imposing increasingly strict regulations. And despite Ruisheng's claims to the country, China's aggressive crackdown on pornography is likely also playing a role.

While the number of websites in China dropped significantly in 2010 compared to 2009, those that remain are cranking out more content than ever. According Ruisheng and company, there were 60 billion webpages by the end of 2010, a 79 percent increase over one year prior.

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RTietjens replied on Mon, Jul 18 2011 9:09 PM

Of course, what they didn't mention is that NONE of those 1.3 million sites that were shut down were involved in hacking, spamming, pr phishing of Western victims. No, those sites are still up and running and not in any danger from Government regulators. After all, scamming the roundeyes is tacitly approved by the powers in Beijing.

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MCook replied on Mon, Jul 18 2011 11:41 PM

In Communist China, Web site shut YOU down :D

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I can't believe they are having an aggressive crackdown on ***!

What on earth does that solve?

Jeez I can't believe how well they spun that whole thing positively. That is pretty crazy. I don't know who exactly is buying that though. Not even the brainwashed North Koreans would believe *** like that. I really don't like seeing that kind of thing happening anywhere.

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