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Posted on Aug 28, 2007
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Beijing Public Security Ministry

Web users in Beijing will soon have to deal with a new annoyance as part of China’s endless effort to control the Internet. By the end of the year, all websites registered with the government will feature animated Internet cops that will warn users to avoid forbidden content and offer friendly (if obnoxious) Internet security tips.

Officially, it’s all part of a grand plan to “make the image of the virtual police more user friendly and more in tune with how web surfers use the Internet.”


BEIJING—Police in China’s capital said Tuesday they will start patrolling the Web using animated beat officers that pop up on a user’s browser and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away from illegal Internet content.

Starting Sept. 1, the cartoon alerts will appear every half hour on 13 of China’s top portals, including Sohu and Sina, and by the end of the year will appear on all Web sites registered with Beijing servers, the Beijing Public Security Ministry said in a statement.

China stringently polices the Internet for material and content that the ruling Communist Party finds politically or morally threatening. Despite the controls, nudity, profanity, illegal gambling and pirated music, books and film have proliferated on Chinese Internet servers.

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By purplewolf, August 30, 2007 at 10:46 pm Link to this comment

Zena,hadn’t thought of the paid people angle before. Not bad.I do believe that many of them are in the radical over the deep end of Christianity.

I try to limit what I buy and sometimes things slip thru the back door like products with a name that is recognizable and after you buy it you see way,way down in very small print :product of or made for the name brand corporation. I bought dog food same brand I have for like over 35 years and my one dog almost died. I think it was the food, it happened when the dog food announcements were made. That food is suppossed to be being analyzed by the lab from the major pet store chain, we are waiting for the results. Meanwhile,the dog has recovered at $$ and a lot of care. If I find this was poisioned, the least the dog food company should do is pay for the bills. This food was not on the list, but you never know.

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By Zena, August 30, 2007 at 10:54 am Link to this comment
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I boycott communist China anyway. It’s obvious they are trying to kill us with their posison products. And on the ‘Christian’ comment above, I can only tell you that I believe that some of these groups proclaiming to be Christians are NOT Christians but only groups of people paid off to create dissension for political purposes. REAL Christians don’t meddle in other people’s private lives. Jesus didn’t do that, and neither would any of his true followers. It’s a smoke and mirrors tactic created by the Republicans. CINO’s. Christians in name only.

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By purplewolf, August 30, 2007 at 10:22 am Link to this comment

It’s only a matter of time before the enlightened, we know what is best for you and you don’t,so we have to monitor your online visits,religious radical repukelicanas and the corrupt christian conservatives start to invade out webworlds as they have every other personal space in our lives. After all,it’s their duty as a Christian. They have to out and dominate us with their view of the world as God said to and try to save our eternal souls from hell, even if they have to kill us, body and spirit in the process.

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By boggs, August 29, 2007 at 11:21 am Link to this comment

Most of the crap that comes in from China we could all live without.
Look for American made on the label.
Until we all become serious about distinguishing between the need for or the greed for, we are bringing our country down for the sake of a “good deal”.

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By kevin99999, August 28, 2007 at 11:09 pm Link to this comment
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To protest this action by this action by Chinese, I will absolutely refrain from buying any chinese made products.

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