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China's Internet Police To Filter The Internet

June 2, 2015

The latest news from the Quartz website has revealed that China's stringent internet police are due to filter the internet to remove any illegal or harmful information. The ministry of public security for China recently announced that internet police from 50 Chinese cities and provinces will launch their own social media profiles online to help seek out any damaging material and also seek out instances of cyber-crime.

Some of the things being specifically sought out include cases of gambling, the selling of illegal drugs and defamation. They will also, apparently, look for instances of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble."

China has long had control over the use of the internet in the country, with authorities regularly inspecting the content published and conversations taking place. They have also been known to put an end to conversations that get out of hand and arresting outspoken individuals online.

The public security ministry said: "The internet police are coming out from behind the curtains, beginning regular open inspection and law enforcement efforts."

Some people have seen the move as one of the latest attempts by the Chinese government to curb freedom of expression in the country. It is also being seen as a push for "cultural security" from the Chinese government—aka, preventing values from other countries deemed "unhealthy" by the administration from infiltrating into the lives of China's residents.

There have already been over 24 accounts opened in various provinces, including Shanghai, Xinjiang and Fujian. The People's Liberation Army in China has called the internet and its increasingly patrolled nature an "ideological battleground."

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