China’s Internet watchdog bans 65 dating websites. The match-making websites have been shut down by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). According to the national authority the online platforms were spreading vulgar content and permitted creating an account using an alias, the state news org Xinhua reported on Tuesday.
Some of the pages that were shut down had names such as “Get a one-night stand” and “Playing with you net”, Xinhua wrote, quoting to the Cyberspace Administration of China. The Chinese regulator wrote:
“These websites allowed the use of false identities at will to register … or spread obscene and lascivious content. The circumstances were serious and the effects terrible.”
State media reported a week ago that the controller would investigate fraud on dating sites and other online match-making platforms. China practices tight control over the web, saying that it is a necessary measure to guarantee social security and morality as well as to secure customers, dismissing concerns of censorship from civil rights activists.
China is now said to have the largest online dating community on the planet, with singles running to dating online platforms in their hundred millions confronted with strict family planning approaches and being named an “leftover” man or women by Chinese authorities. Taobao, China’s biggest e-retail site, even gives a ‘virtual partner’ service for those wanting to rent a ‘lover’, for 20 yuan or 2 pounds per day.
A week ago, during national Valentine’s agitation, China’s web watchdog reported that it would be closing in on dating online platforms to battle prostitution and fraud, and would compel users to give genuine data regarding their identity. Furthermore, existing account holders would need to register another information form to prevent their account from being suspended, the CAC affirmed.
Shi Xiansheng, representative secretary at the Internet Society of China stated:
“Whether the real name registration for the matchmaking industry would eradicate violations still needs to be tested over time but it could remind users to protect their private information when registering on these websites.”
The CAC additionally uncovered that it has set up and launched a dating website hotline for the general society to report any suspicious webpages that may be conducting illegal activities.
Dating website Jiayuan.com which has about 120 million registered accounts noted that the activities of the Cyberspace Administration of China are like a crusade that could wipe put the illicit sites and organizations in China and boost the legal matchmaking industry.
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