CEO of Qvod Technology Co. Wang Xin stood trial in Beijing on Thursday and Friday last week, with his company being accused of spreading porn. Over the course of the trial’s live broadcast, viewed by almost 1 million, Wang managed to charm netizens with his arguments.
Attracting over 400 million users, Qvod Technology is alleged to have been utilising their video player product to disseminate pornography online since 2012, with hard-working police pulling 21,251 porn files from three servers related to the company.
Alongside three other company managers, Wang faced the charges by saying that Qvod has no control over the content its users watch. In response to the prosecution’s argument that the combination of keywords “porn” and “Qvod” produced substantial online results, Wang sassed:
Online pornography is not a mainstream product on the Internet. Therefore, (the success) of Qvod could not be found on pornography in the same way that Taobao doesn’t grow successful by selling fakes. How about you try typing ‘porn’ and ‘QQ’ together into Baidu?
Minutes were posted on the court’s official Weibo account, garnering over 36 million views and more than 8,000 comments, many in support of Wang and his associates. One such Weibo supporter by the name of ST-Zee07 praised Wang’s sound reasoning, agreeing that “technology is innocent.”
However, reception from state media has been mixed. While Xinhua declared that Wang’s defense “deserves your applause even if you believe that Qvod is guilty,” the Sunday edition of People’s Daily called for the public to temper their worship. “We cannot simply overlook the fact that users did obtain pornographic content via Qvod because the defense was splendid,” emphasised the paper.
Meanwhile, spokesperson Jiang Jun of the Cyberspace Administration of China took an even sterner line in a statement on Sunday:
The open trial of Qvod will serve as a lesson for other websites and Internet users. We firmly support the legal investigation of Qvod’s case involving pornography. We hope that Internet users stick to the bottom line in making opinions online and support the judicial organs’ handling of the case.
Based in Shengzhen, Qvod Technology was founded in 2007 and has since earned considerable profits. At this point, the future of its managers is uncertain, with last week’s trial failing to rule. No date has yet been scheduled for the final verdict.
By Pinky Latt