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Over 500 microblog accounts closed in anti-porn campaign

(Xinhua)

08:09, May 03, 2012

BEIJING, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities shut down 535 microblog accounts over the past week due to the alleged dissemination of pornographic and lewd content, the State Internet Information Office (SIIO) said Wednesday.

Some individuals were found to have used their microblog accounts to distribute video clips, pictures, text and links related to topics such as "one-night stands," "flirtatious self-shots and candid images" and "teen prostitution," according to a statement from the office.

"These acts violated the law and have had a bad influence on the public in terms of perverting social morals and disrupting order on the Internet," the statement said.

The sites on which the accounts were registered include sina.com.cn, qq.com, sohu.com, 163.com, hexun.com, and weibo.10086.cn.

The SIIO said public security authorities have begun criminal investigations on some of the accounts' owners.

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