China aims to gain more control over Internet

China vowed to step up controls on Internet content, especially in the most active areas of blogs, bulletin boards and search engines, state media, quoted by an AFP report, said.
"As more and more illegal and unhealthy information spread through blogs and search engines, we will take effective measures to put the BBS (bulletin board service), blogs and search engines under control,"Xinhua news agency quoted Cai Wu, a government
spokesman, as saying.
The AFP report, quoting the official, further said China was taking steps to make registration mandatory on millions of blog sites and BBSs, or sites where Internet users could converse online.
According to a report by Tsinghua University, quoted by Xinhua, China currently had more than 35 million blog sites, a figure that could grow to 60 million by the end of the year.
The number of search engine users had reached 97 million, or about 87% of all Internet users, the report said.
China had for years been waging an online battle to censor the Internet of pornographic and violent content, while also stifling political and religious material that it believed could spark social unrest,the AFP report further said.

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