China has investigated and punished 422 websites as part of a national crackdown on online pornography, the State Internet Information Office said on Tuesday.
Since the beginning of this year, the office has closed over 4,800 accounts on social networking services including WeChat, Weibo, blogs and online forums.
Over 9,000 advertisements and over 300,000 pieces of information with pornographic contents were deleted.
The ‘Cleaning the Web 2014? campaign scheduled to last from April to November, is in response to the persistent spread of pornography online in spite of multiple previous crackdowns.
“It is an obvious violation of the law to spread pornography online as it greatly harms minors and the social ethos.
“The campaign is not an aim, but a mean to mobilise the entire society and coordinate all the forces of government departments to solve outstanding problems in relatively short time.
“Authorities would promote a long-term mechanism to strengthen management of the Internet,” the official said.
He urged Internet information authorities at all levels to enhance management of web portals.
“Websites should also shoulder their responsibilities, strengthen self-management and checks of content,” he said.