Google, Baidu targeted in new Chinese crackdown on “vulgar” sites

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Officials from the Chinese Government have launched a crackdown on 19 popular websites that have been described as “vulgar”, which includes websites Google and the leading search engine in China, Baidu. Also affected by the crackdown include Sina, Sohu, Netease and Tianya.

A group within the Internet Society of China claimed that searches on both Google and Baidu brought up results that linked to pornographic or obscene content; with officials saying that the 19 websites mentioned failed to censor the content, which was “harming” the physical and mental health of young people.

Current laws in China has made pornography illegal; however, the content is widely available.

According to The Guardian, State television depicted officials seizing equipment from an unnamed office, under an announcement from the ministry of public security, among other government departments.

Representatives from both Google China and Baidu have declined to comment.