Internet, Security

CNNIC Closes Websites Associated With 699 Chinese Porn Domain Names

According to China Internet Network Information Center, the national domain name complaint center in China, by 8:00 on December 14, 2009, it had closed and revoked registrations of 699 Chinese website domain names that involved pornography.

CNNIC said since it publicized the hotline for reporting of bad domain names on December 10, 2009, the organization has received active response from netizens, in addition to the examination implemented by CNNIC and domain name registration service providers and registrars. By December 14, 2009, the national domain name complaint center had received over 2,000 reports of adverse domain names during the four days and 699 of these websites were closed.

At present, China is under assault by a wave of pornographic websites. A representative from CNNIC revealed to local media that this special campaign aims to crack down on pornography-related website domains. For newly registered domain names, written application materials are required to improve the authenticity of the registration information of domain names to fight the illegal use of domain names. For legal website domain names, their legal rights and interests will be protected and will "not be rashly closed or canceled". CNNIC also now does not now allow individuals to register domains — only companies or organizations can register new domain names.

During the special campaign of fighting online vulgar contents launched by the Chinese government, CNNIC has actively coordinated with related supervision departments and terminated the Domain Name System services of over 1,000 pornography-related websites.

CNNIC said it will further enhance cooperation with other Internet reporting agencies to develop a joint-action mechanism for information interaction and handling, and finally set up a long-term mechanism.

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