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Fraud, obscenity fell dating websites

By Xinhua

 Fraud, obscenity fell dating websites
A woman works her keyboard looking at the screen in her office cubicle at an online dating website in Beijing on Feb 4, 2010. (AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN)

BEIJING - China's Internet watchdog has shut down and canceled 65 dating and other match-making websites for allowing fraud and spreading obscene content.

These websites allowed registration with false names, leaked customers' information, connived with some users to commit fraud or spread obscene and lascivious content, according to the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).

The circumstances were serious and the impacts terrible, said the CAC's statement.

Fraud and violations of regulations on dating websites have become a public nuisance to millions of users, especially around the Spring Festival when young people use such services during the holiday, according to the CAC. It launched a campaign to combat fraud on these websites earlier this month.

The campaign lists fraud rings, prostitution and service providers' fraudulent practices as major targets. Dating websites must enforce online real-name registration and accounts without real-name registration must be closed.

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