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Google & Baidu Fail China’s Pornography Test, May Lead To Penalties
The Associated Press reports that China has begun a process to “purify the Internet’s cultural environment and protect the healthy development of minors.” This has resulted in the Chinese government finding that both Google and Baidu have failed to take “efficient” actions to remove content from their results after being notified of issues.
The AP added that China said violators will be “severely punished,” but did not say how they might be punished.
Cui Jin, a Google spokeswoman in China, told the AP that Google does not have any pornographic content in Google China and added, “if we find any violation, we will take action. So far, I haven’t seen any examples of violations.”
Popular Chinese web portals Sina and Sohu have also been cited with violations.
The Financial Times also has some more history on this topic.