Yahoo Lands on China’s ‘Vulgar Content’ List

The Wall Street Journal reports on the latest list of “vulgar” websites released by the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center, which included a Yahoo! site:

The list referred to user-generated content on a section of Yahoo China’s Web site called “Yahoo Space,” which is not currently in operation. But a subsequent notice released today by the center said remnants of the “vulgar” content from Yahoo Space could still be found in other parts of Yahoo’s portal.

The Web sites “didn’t continue to follow the government’s call to effectively crack down on vulgar content and information on the Internet, and relaxed supervision of their Web sites, which ultimately led to the appearance of a lot of vulgar content, which is against social morals and does harm to the physical and mental health of the youth,” the center said in a notice. “Such behavior…has led to the anger of our public and should be strongly condemned.”

The public condemning of these sites follows a similar notice earlier this year that implicated Google for allowing pornographic content, which is illegal in China, to show up in its search results. The company was ordered to temporarily disable some of its services as a result.

An Alibaba spokesman said the company operates according to the laws and regulations of each country it operates in.

Read more about “anti-vulgarity campaign” via CDT.