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China Censors Baidu For Nude Photos

Asks for public apology

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China’s most popular search engine Baidu.com has been censured by the Chinese government for spreading pornographic images of celebrities.

Photos showing Hong Kong actor Edison Chen and other female stars naked were indexed and made available by the search engine.

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The Beijing Association of Online Media said," While other Beijing Internet companies have boycotted the spread of the racy photos, Baidu still hasn’t implemented effective blocking and obscuring of the photos and has become defensive and procrastinated, leading to the stagnation of a large amount of pornographic, filthy pictures."

The association also asked Baidu to make a public apology for spreading the sexually explicit photos.

"’Key-words searching’ and ‘Tieba’, a picture-sharing section of Baidu.com became a platform to show and spread the obscene pictures and Baidu failed to block the photos after other Beijing-based websites had taken actions against the pictures’ spreading," the watchdog group said.

The group was supportive of other Chinese Web sites, including Sohu.com, Sina.com and Netease, for requesting Internet users "not to download, save and spread photos" and "to prevent the photos from falling into the hands of children."

 

China Censors Baidu For Nude Photos
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    Many people think celebrities are fair game on the net, as long as they are 18 in the states.  If the celebrities in question in China are all of legal age does this make what the goverment is doing legitimate censorship of the net?  I’m afraid we’re seeing more and more of that in the USA even, with ideas and topics that are not those which the government wants furthered censored at times.  Thank goodness for blogs!

    Cheers,

    Justin Michael

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    Wow, this makes sense considering the source. I wonder what type of punishment is inflicted on actual websites found to harbo those kinds of images and information?