Xinhua published an article last night titled ‘China Cleans up Internet for Youth,’ a humble little post of fewer than 200 words that announces a crackdown on any online content that could be deemed ‘inappropriate’ for the nation’s children, and expanding far beyond the typical porn-twitter-and-falun-gong sort of censorship.
Xinhua gleefully reported the details, and their words speak for themselves:
Dubbed “Green Web,” the two-month action will start in late September and target online information deemed lewd, pornographic or violent as well as posts that reveal personal information about youngsters or carry defamatory or bullying remarks.
Online posts that flaunt wealth or showcase extreme obsession with celebrities will also be deleted. […]
“The move aims to further cleanse the Internet environment, provide a healthy and positive online environment for young people and protect their legal interests,” said a statement released Monday by the office.
According to the statement, web operators are asked to voluntarily clean up the aforementioned harmful information while students, parents and social workers are encouraged to report questionable websites and online applications.
The statement urged Internet information management departments to supervise the progress of the action while punishing violators who allow harmful content.