We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Yahoo, Google on China porn list

More woes for foreign websites

A Chinese government watchdog has ordered Yahoo China to clean pornographic content from a photo-sharing site it hosted, a reminder of the regulatory challenges often faced by foreign internet companies in China.

The government-linked internet Society of China on Friday said Yahoo China and other local websites had "violated social morals" by allowing porn to appear on their domains. The same group censured Google earlier this year in a row over pornographic search results that ultimately led authorities to block Google.com and Google Apps for a few hours across China.

The criticism of Yahoo China, also called China Yahoo, gave no hint that such escalation was likely. The offending service, a user-generated blog and photo album site called Yahoo Space in Chinese, was closed at the end of last month, said a spokesman for Alibaba Group, a local e-commerce group that owns Yahoo China. Alibaba is restructuring Yahoo China to focus on entertainment features.

Internet news and reviews

Chinese authorities patrol the internet for porn, sensitive political discussions and other content deemed illegal or harmful. Owners of search engines, blog services and other sites are expected to censor such content themselves and can face punishment for failing to do so.

Google defused its tension with the government by changing the algorithm on its China search engine to block problematic search results. Google sites did not appear on the watchdog's newest list.

China has shuttered thousands of websites and arrested dozens of people this year in a campaign against porn and other online content.

News about Google


IDG UK Sites

Nexus 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 comparison: Lollipop phablet takes on KitKat flagship smartphone

IDG UK Sites

Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

IDG UK Sites

Free rocket & space sounds: NASA launches archive of interstellar audio on SoundCloud

IDG UK Sites

iPad Air 2 review: Insanely fast and alarmingly thin. Speed tests, camera tests, beautiful...