Posted by Eric Mu on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 9:40 AM
The Internet Society of China (ISC) sounds like an industry association but is more like an additional tool for the government to keep websites in line: when you hear about Chinese websites signing self-discipline pledges, it's usually under the auspices of this organization.
The ISC recently released a blacklist of six Internet portals and forums that were found to be "spreading low and vulgar content". The ISC has set up a reporting center to receive netizens' reports on illegal and unhealthy internet information.
A picture forum on Tom.com, the huge but confused portal, is on the list.
Other websites that were criticized include the entertainment channel of 21.cn, Sichuan online, the picture forum of Shenzhen Hotline, the community channel of Qingdao News, and the forum on Changjiang net.
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