Can a Single Website Protect Young Netizens From Online Vice? – Beijing Review

From Beijing Review:

As part of a program to adapt the Internet to young people under 18 jointly initiated by such organizations as the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China and the Information Office of the State Council, a non-profit minors’ Internet navigation platform, www.wm360.cn, was launched in late May. The website aims to ensure that underage youths have a “healthy” virtual space so as to advance China’s current drive of “running and using the Internet in a civilized way.”

A statement posted on the home page of this website declares, “The contents of this website are provided by a variety of other websites. In a bid to ensure that you and your children are not affected by advertisements and links that are unsuitable for young people while visiting the site, we strongly suggest that you install our ‘safety plug-in,’ software that helps you browse the information safely and comfortably.” However, the plug-in software is effective only on that website and does not affect other sites, the statement adds.

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