China Unicom announced that it has stopped accepting content from its service provider (SP) Shanghai Huiyang Technology Company because Huiyang was providing pornographic content to mobile phone users.
According to Zhou Xiaoping, deputy general manager of the Value-Added Services Department of China Unicom, the management at China Unicom is very concerned with pornography issues and has ordered concerned departments to seriously deal with the matter.
Huiyang’s alleged pornographic content was included in a type of mobile dictionary that users could download and use on their mobile phones.
The “pornographic content” in question included color photgraphs of nude women. A Xinhua story on the topic (in Chinese) includes this exchange between a reporter and Huiyang spokeman Zhu Yi:
Reporter: Do you know there are porn pictures included in the set “Midnight Passion”?
Zhu Yi: I don’t know. It must be the young employees in the company that did this. For attracting eyes.
Reporter: Do you think your company provides porn pictures?
Zhu Yi: Absolutely not. We started to provide these pictures after a market survey showed our phone users have such needs.
Reporter: Is that why your company is providing those pictures?
Zhu Yi: In fact, our pictures are not porn except that the captions are little seductive.
Reporter: Then how do you define porn?
Zhu Yi: If there is no intercourse, it’s not porn.
Reporter: Is nudity considered porn?
Zhu Yi: Of course not.