Chinese Communist Party scours nation’s internet for ‘bad culture’ including ‘vulgar’ images of women – Yahoo News

Chinese Communist Party scours nation’s internet for ‘bad culture’ including ‘vulgar’ images of women – Yahoo News

The Chinese Communist Party is launching a round of digital cleansing of online content in the country this month.

The government will begin removing “vulgar” material promoting “bad culture” from the internet before the Lunar New Year.

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According to the Chinese government, the crackdowns aim to “curb the spread of bad culture, protect the rights and benefits of online users, clean up the online ecology, and create a positive, civilized and healthy climate of public opinion.”

Foreign girls in bikinis pose for photos at a beach near a lake in Hefei, east China's Anhui province, 12 May 2015.

Foreign girls in bikinis pose for photos at a beach near a lake in Hefei, east China’s Anhui province, 12 May 2015.

CCP officials target the “indecent” appearance of sexed women, both for themselves and as models for products or locations.

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Images of women dressed too scantily, posed too suggestively, or overly sexualized will be removed from websites accessible within China.

The initiative also cracks down on the emerging genre of ex-convict videos, in which ex-criminals talk about their lives behind bars.

A woman takes a photo of a pole dancer practicing after it snows during a promotional event for members of China's national pole dance team and students of the sport in Tianjin.

A woman takes a photo of a pole dancer practicing after it snows during a promotional event for members of China’s national pole dance team and students of the sport in Tianjin.

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The CCP’s ongoing digital cleanup is nothing new. The Chinese government has overseen a series of campaigns aimed at tackling perceived indecency online and suppressing political speech critical of the regime.