Google says it will clean up porn results from its Chinese portal

June 21st, 2009 - 3:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Beijing, June 21 (ANI): Google Inc. has announced that it would take all necessary measures to comb out pornographic results in its Chinese-language portal, Google.cn.

“We are undertaking a thorough review of our service and taking all necessary steps to fix any problems with our results,” a statement from Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley in the United States said.

Search engine giant’s communications director of Asian-Pacific Region, John Pinette, has confirmed that the company’s representative in China had met with government officials to discuss problems with the Google.cn service and its serving of pornographic content.

Google’s declarations come in the wake of Chinese authorities criticizing some of the search results served up by Google violated the country’s Internet regulations and laws.

On Thursday, the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center (CIIRC) had “strongly condemned” Google’s Chinese portal for providing links to pornography and lewd information.

The California-based Internet searching company had been warned twice for providing those pornographic links by the CIIRC in the first four months this year.

China Daily quoted Google’s statement as saying that the thorough review was a “substantial engineering effort” and the company “have addressed the large majority of the problem results.”

Jessie Zhang, a staff with Google’s PR agent in China, also provided a similar statement, saying that it would continue to communicate directly with Chinese government on its services in China and the progress of the current problem’s solving.

The national office for Internet pornography crackdown said further actions would be taken depending on Google China’s implementation of the orders.

In the past month, 1,001 Web sites had been blocked by Chinese authorities for distributing porn and other lewd material and more than 4,000 web sites that were shut down also had been investigated, according to the CIIRC. (ANI)

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