By Xinhua Writer Yan Hao
BEIJING, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Searching engine giant Google Inc. said
Saturday that it would take all necessary steps to clean up pornographic
searching 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.
The statement given by John Pinette, communications director of
Asian-Pacific Region, 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 images and content based on foreign language
The statement came after the Chinese authorities criticized some of the
search results served up by Google violated the country's Internet regulations
Xinhua acquired the statement after an e-mail request to Google on Friday.
Telephone calls to the company's Beijing office has not been answered since
The China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center (CIIRC) Thursday
"strongly condemned" Google's Chinese portal for providing links to pornography
and lewd information.
The national office for Internet pornography crackdown has started blocking
some Chinese-language search results and suspended its associated word-search
services since Friday from Google over concerns that these links contained
The California-based Internet searching company had been warned twice for
providing those pornographic links by the CIIRC in the first four months this
The statement said the thorough review was a "substantial engineering
effort" and the company ¡°has addressed the large majority of the problem
Jessie Zhang, a staff with Google's PR agent in China, also provided a
similar statement Saturday afternoon, 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 company will make additional announcements, as necessary, the statement
said, adding that Google had been continually working to deal with pornographic
online content and material in China which could be harmful to children.
The national office for Internet pornography crackdown said further actions
would be taken depending on Google China's implementation of the orders.
China launched a major crackdown on Internet porn in January targeting
popular online portals and major search engines such as Google and Baidu, the
two major competitors in China's Internet searching market.
In the past month, 1,001 Web sites had been blocked by the 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.