Sweeping "vulgar" content from the Internet.
In January of 2009, China announced a crackdown on “vulgar” websites. The campaign identified many leading Internet companies, including Google and Baidu, for failing to comply with government censorship directives
. While the language of the official campaign directive focused on erotic, violent, and drug-related content
, netizens suspected that the crackdown was fundamentally aimed at eradicating politically sensitive content and launched an online protest
. Han Han
, one of China’s most popular bloggers, wrote a post titled “From Now On, I’m a Vulgar Person
” in defiance of the crackdown.
The government has since launched similar Internet censorship and anti-vulgarity campaigns.