Sending dirty texting may lead to trouble

14:24, January 15, 2010      

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By Huang Jingjing

China Mobile subscribers who send naughty text messages or photos to others may find their phones suddenly unable to handle even the most innocent of messages.

The policy was met with disapproval from customers who feel it''s an invasion of personal privacy that could throw a teenager, who sends a risqué note to his girlfriend, into some hot water.

But everyone seems to be under watch. In addition to China Mobile, China Unicom also blocks text messages of users who are found to have sent porn messages.

A man surnamed Zhang from Dongguan in South China''s Guangdong Province was unable to send or receive text messages even though he changed his phone, Nanfang Daily reported Thursday.

A China Mobile customer service worker told Zhang that they detected a "porn" message on his phone.

If he wanted to resume service, he had to take his identity card to the local public security bureau with a letter of guarantee, promising he would no longer send such messages.

The report quoted a customer service staff saying the company was working hand in hand with the public security bureau to curb illegal mobile messages.

The report triggered widespread concern, and some said the policy is an intrusion of their privacy.

"I don''t think it''s a wise choice. We have a lot of private things in our mobile phones. If they monitor the messages, all the private things would be leaked," a civil servant surnamed Cao in Beijing told the Global Times.
Cao said he may have to send fewer messages.

Other mobile phone users also showed disapproval of the policy.

"Some porn or intimate messages between lovers and couples can enhance romantic feelings," Yang Dongmei, a student from Beijing International Studies University, told the Global Times.

"Besides, blue jokes are for adults. If the receiver doesn''t like it they can choose to delete it. I don''t think there is any harm to society."

Source:Global Times

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