Liu Jie, an official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, states the regulations posted on its website are intended to strengthen rules on domain name registration.
Liu Jie said, “The measures will cut off Internet services to those websites that have not registered with the ministry. They also aim to improve a ‘blacklist system’ to prevent banned domain name owners from reapplying for a new domain name.”
From what has been said it is not yet clear if the new rules apply to overseas websites but it is probable. Many such sites are already blocked by China’s internet authorities, including, from time to time, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a host of media and news websites and blogs.
So far authorities had shut down 414 video and audio websites this year for operating without a license or for containing pornography, copy violating content or other harmful information.
PakTribune reports that authorities this month offered rewards of up to $1,465 to internet users who report websites that feature pornography.