China targets cloud storage services in campaign against pornography

China will crack down on the emerging practice of sharing and hosting pornography via cloud storage services, a report said Sunday. 

Authorities will tighten supervision of cloud storage companies and"hold them accountable for the security of their services," Xinhua news agency cited the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications as saying. 

In one recent case, a court in eastern Jiangsu province sentenced a man to three years and six months in prison for selling access to pornography hosted on a cloud storage site.

Liu Hangjie was charging individuals 50 yuan (8 dollars) to gain access to over 10,000 pornographic video clips, Xinhua reported, without giving the total amount Liu was able to earn from the enterprise. 

China has banned pornography since 1949, but regular campaigns have failed to eradicate widespread consumption of pornographic content.

In the past, those caught creating, distributing or consuming porn had usually just received fines or a warning. 

In 2005, the creator of China's largest porn website was jailed for life. Eight others who worked on the website were jailed for terms ranging from 13 months to 10 years. 

In 2014 authorities launched the Cleaning the Web campaign, which called for thorough checks on websites, search engines, mobile applications and internet TV providers for pornographic content. 

Last update: Sun, 06/03/2016 - 12:32

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