China’s shadowy army of government censors have turned their attention to online video with strict new guidelines set to further curb freedom of expression on the internet. The State Internet Information Office and State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) said in a statement that they want to stamp out “vulgar …
there goes about 99% of the internet.
What is Mandarin Chinese for "Bring Back the Porn!"
Might as well cancel the broadband.
«把色情带回来！» do ?...
Don't give "us" ideas...
Just you wait, in a few years time you'll upload a video of some kittens nomming to Youtube but there will be a six month "processing" delay and a £500 fee while the video gets sent off to the BBFC for certification!
Actually what will really happen is that by then Google will have introduced a special BBFC certification algorithm which will only take a few seconds and will be free to use, but it will erroneously rate your kitten nomming film R18 due to suggestive scenes!
You just know they will try this or something like it in order to "protect" our children...
A better idea
To prevent their children being exposed to the horrors of the internet, perhaps prudes (sorry - "concerned parents") can have their children's eyelids cauterised together, thereby ensuring they're never exposed to anything that may allow them to develop into normal human fucking beings.
The parents most receptive to this type of "child-protection" seem to be the ones who have no idea about basic computer use - the ones to whom the internet is some sort of back alley, where their children *must* have their hand held at all times - and it's the internet-savvy children of these parents who are usually the best at hiding the porn.
... I find China's state-sponsored censorship vulgar and indecent.
yes, and having them sooo protected from the real world, they step outside, where a very nice man offers sweeties to take photos.....:O
The kids will just learn about VPNs and tor that much more quickly.
/anon for obvious reasons
VPN wont' help here as they're trying to stop the content being published in the first place, not just block access to it.
“scenes of bloody violence”
Tiananmen Square, anyone?
Much state violence here (UK) is bad enough to be hidden from public view by the media, presumably "voluntarily" rather than by law, but the result is the same: general public ignorance.
I suspect the effect will be the same as with other forms of prohibition. The commodity "real" news will rise in perceived value, be supplied by the unscrupulous, and be of an inferior quality to that which would otherwise be obtained legally.
Re: “scenes of bloody violence”
"The commodity "real" news will rise in perceived value, be supplied by the unscrupulous, ... "
You calling The Reg unscrupulous?
@Bakunin Re: “scenes of bloody violence”
Test results for theregister.co.uk
Inner Mongolia fail
Heilongjiang Province fail
Yunnan Province fail
Holy fudgecakes! Since when did the El Reg beancounters approve the use of scruples? Clearly I wasn't paying enough attention...
China's censors move to stamp out sex and violence online
They're just scared of the competition
They want to stamp out “vulgar content”
I for one enjoy the vulgar content from time to time!
So, I wonder what the original Chinese word was that Vulgar was translated from, I would not be surprised if it was a bit more specific than vulgar...
But HOW is this different than the British government banning Extreme pornography?
IMHO, if no one was forced, and no one was harmed, then it should not be illegal to have an image of the act (of course photo/video of sexual acts with under 16's would be illegal since 16 is the age of consent, sensible right?)
Will we ever have sensible laws? no chance
Will we ever be really free? not a hope in hell unless we have a benign educated dictator take power.
I wish people would stop moaning about China while our governments are just as bad.
Aaaaah - but our governments are democratically elected therefore any fecktarded, repressive laws passed _must_ be the will of the people, obviously </sarcasm>
< icon selected for how I would like to see Whitehall
"the Grass Mud Horse"?
If that has anything to do with sexual content the mind absolutely boggles.
Re: "the Grass Mud Horse"?
I don't even know your mother
Re: "the Grass Mud Horse"?
It's a way of saying something naughty while getting past the censors. Google "grass-mud horse", "river crabs" and "50-cent army" for a lot of insight into how Chinese citizens talk online.
No sex please we are Chinese.
What a dismal place for being one of the millions of beta males. No chance of being an authoritarian leader. Have terrible odds finding a partner with the Girl/Boy ratio and now they can't even have a decent wank over some porn.
All that sexual frustration is bound to end in tears and a nice violent repressive society a la the Arab world.
Re: No sex please we are Chinese.
I did read, some months back, that the Chinese Gov was actively promoting pr0n amongst migrant workers, since it was preferable (from a public health perspective) to them using the services of prostitutes.
Well at least...
... they're not talking about making adults opt-in before they're permitted to access adult content.
No, that's an entirely different repressive regime...
Phil doesn't know the half of it !
If I remember correctly, the dastardly Chinese communists were the protagonists of Arthur Charles Clarke's short story «I remember Baylon», in which satellites were sent up to pump pornography into the homes of unsuspecting, innocent residents of the US in order to destroy their moral fibre. What a vile plot ! Of course, history didn't proceed in quite that fashion and the US turned out to be fairly good at producing its own pornography (I believe I first read the story in Playboy in 1960), but it is ironic that the Chinese are trying to protect their onw public from soemthing which might well have been - had reality followed the script of Sir Clarke's fertile imagination more closely - their own fault ! Perhaps they will learn from the US and include «parental controls» with every device that connects to the internet....
- Review Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3
- Game Theory The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
- Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?
- Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
- Worstall on Wednesday Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers