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Friday, July 23, 2010

Anyone willing to comment on if this is true?

Word leaked out slowly, spread by web-savvy folks on Twitter: Internet porn that once was blocked by Chinese government censors was now openly available.

"Are they no longer cracking down on pornographic websites? A lot of porn sites and forums are accessible," technology blogger William Long wrote on his feed.

Messages like that startled Chinese web surfers, long accustomed to the authorities' internet blockades. The country had been in the midst of highly publicised anti-pornography sweeps, and there had been no announcement of any change in government policy.

Yet eight weeks later, the porn sites are still accessible. Still unanswered are questions about whether it's an official change in policy, a technical glitch or some sort of test by the usually disapproving Chinese internet police.

Few Chinese will admit to surfing for porn because it is illegal (Reuters)

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