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China shuts down over 1,000 porn websites

China's Internet watchdog have shut down more than 1,046 websites for spreading pornography.

  • Published: April 28, 2016 10:10 AM IST

In the first three months of the year, China’s Internet watchdog shut down over 1,046 websites for spreading pornographic content or information which jeopardized national security. Eighty five websites were given warnings and 8,008 microblog accounts were shut down during the same period, said the Cyberspace Administration of China in a statement released yesterday. Also Read - Internet turns 25 in India: Here's how the next 25 years may look like

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The top Internet regulator said 89 cases were transferred to judicial organs. In one case, Ronganwang.com was required by the cyber watchdog in Guangxi to suspend operations for 15 days for spreading information about violent and terrorist activities.

Others were punished for publishing information about illegal acts, including blackmail, telecom fraud, illegal fundraising and exam cheating, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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The administration pledged to strengthen the crackdown on illegal websites and welcomed tips from the public in order to ensure a healthy online environment.

Recently according to a study carried out by Case Western Reserve University suggests that the mere idea of porn addiction can have adverse effects on a person s mental health. The researchers found that those who believed they had an addiction to pornography also experienced psychological issues, like depression, anger, and anxiety. However, this was not a result of watching porn itself, but rather it was a result of the feeling that watching porn was becoming an uncontrollable habit. It does not seem to be the pornography itself that is causing folks problems, it is how they feel about it, said lead study author Joshua Grubbs.

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  • Published Date: April 28, 2016 10:10 AM IST



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