Chinese government outlaws lewd texting

Evan Blass
E. Blass|02.28.06

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Evan Blass
February 28th, 2006
In this article: Culture, messaging, mobile
Chinese government outlaws lewd texting
In the latest move to protect its citizens against the immoral and democratizing influence of technology, the Chinese government has dictated that cellphone users may no longer text one another with sexually explicit messages. Shenzen police will be running a campaign to inform the public of this new danger to their freedom and yuan stacks, which will rather ironically include posters, banners, and brochures depicting graphic examples of exactly what types of "nasty chat" are off limits (not really).The law also covers sending threatening or fraudulent information, which seems pretty legit, but the threat of nine days in jail and/or a $62 fine for something as harmless as a little intimate SMSing between significant others seems a bit over-the top from our liberal Western standpoint. Next thing you know, Beijing will start limiting the Internet search capabilities of its citizens and maybe even restricting the websites they can visit- and after that, hey, maybe they'll go all out and decide to build some kind of big wall-like structure all around the country.

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