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China Offers Money for Links to Porn Sites

A report from the AFP claims that China is paying web surfers to hunt down links to porn-related sites, offering up to 10,000 Yuan ($1,465 USD) for each link. The bounty is first come first serve, meaning that submitter #2 won't get the reward for providing the same link as submitter #1.

However, the committee running the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Centre must review the links before offering the reward.  The committee also said that within the first 24 hours of the operation, more than 500 phone calls flooded the center's phone line, and an additional 13,000 web surfers offered tips.

According to the official Xinhua news agency, the center is looking for websites and mobile phone-accessible sites that (obviously) contain "obscene" material or advertise sex products. Unfortunately, there was no word on exactly what the center does with the links, or how these sites will be shut down outside sanctions.

China has not been shy in its efforts to rid the Internet of porn. Recently China went after Google, claiming that children could access search results to porn. China threatened to sanction Google unless it removed the offending references.

Still, what's the use of the Internet without a little porn to download? Oh, that's right. Gaming.

  • It's probably all downloaded to the main computer of Ma Ying-jeou, the president of china!
    Dirty old man!
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  • metalfellow
    I wonder if they log and watch people who submit the links? Wouldn't it be cheaper to do this in a government department, there are a lot of links to porn or sex products on the internet. I guess they could just call in America's debt to cover the cost.
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  • prodigit80isaretard
    ProDigit80, Ma ying-jeou is the president of taiwan, get your freaking facts straight
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  • Parsian
    they are interested in filtering them :D
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  • idiom
    So, if I make a porn site, and then turn myself in, do I get the money?
    Godaddy charges $18 for a domain. China pays $1,400 for the link. I pocket $1,382.
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  • ominous prime
    Hasn't China heard of google?
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  • sicpric
    Porn is the right of all sentient beings! Damn Communist!
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  • lashabane
    However, the committee running the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center must review the links before offering the reward.

    I wonder how one gets on said committee. :D
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  • anamaniac
    Kevin ParrishStill, what's the use of the Internet without a little porn to download? Oh, that's right. Gaming.Amen brotha!

    I'm thinking they'll just block every site they can.
    While I do see it as a tempting offer (I know I would report every site I knew if they did it in Canada), it's dissapointing that they're using their own people to remove one of their few freedoms.
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  • 7amood
    ominous primeHasn't China heard of google?
    Hasn't China heard of proxy?
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