BEIJING, July 22 China will crack down on
smartphone apps featuring pornography and obscene content, the
government said on Tuesday, the latest move in an official
campaign to 'clean the Internet'.
The ruling Communist Party has since last year intensified a
campaign against what it calls 'rumours' and 'pornography'
online due to their harmful effect on the country.
Critics, however, say the crack down aims to quash
The anti-porn campaign targeting mobile apps will encourage
companies to remove the offensive material themselves, the
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on its
China will also "enhance abilities to discover pornographic
and obscene apps" and "improve the process of punishment", MIIT
China has the world's biggest online population, with 632
million Internet users, and the majority - 83 percent as of the
end of June - use smartphones to access the web, according to
the China Internet Network Information Centre.
Mobile messaging apps are widely used, with Tencent Holdings
Ltd's WeChat one of the most popular in China. Users
of WeChat say there are chat groups dedicated to sharing lewd
animated clips and images. Tencent declined to comment.
Other Chinese social networking and messaging apps include
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Laiwang, Xiaomi's
Miliao, and Yixin, jointly developed by China Telecom Corp
and NetEase Inc.
(Reporting by Paul Carsten; Editing by Miral Fahmy)