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China to crack down on blogs

The Govt will crack down on blogs and search engines to prevent unhealthy contents and ensure market order.

india Updated: Jun 30, 2006 17:46 IST

The Chinese government will crack down on blogs and search engines, the most active parts of the communist giant's information industry, to prevent unhealthy contents and ensure market order.

"As more and more illegal and unhealthy information spreads through the blog and search engine, we will take effective measures to put the blog and search engine under control," Minister of the Information Office of the State Council, Chinese cabinet, Cai Wu said.

China launched a project on Feb 21 to purify the environment of internet and mobile communication network through a series of measures within a year.

According to a report by Qinghua University in Beijing, the Chinese blog sites have reached 36.82 million and may exceed 60 million this year.

"The market cannot develop without efficient management," Cai said, adding that the government will enhance research on the concerned technology and make admittance standards for blog websites.

Last year, Chinese search engine users reached 97.06 million, accounting for 87.4 per cent of Chinese internet users, said iResearch Consultative Ltd, which forecast that the number will top 100 million this year.

The Chinese internet search engine service providers formed a self-discipline organisation two years ago, refusing to support pornographic and obscene websites.

"We will speed up the technology development to safeguard the network management and do more researches on the internet security issues triggered by the new technologies of blogs and search engines," Minister of Information Industry, Wang Xudong said.