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Old 3rd February 2010, 10:44 AM
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Re: .cn vs .com (changes in China)

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"People whose websites were switched off said their web hosts had told them this had happened at the request of the police. In some regions, web hosts would report website owners to the police, industry executives said.

However, the crackdown is viewed as counterproductive. "[The ministry's] intention was probably to make things more manageable, but it looks like they've created a big loophole and an incentive to go for that loophole," said an internet industry executive.

Some foreign companies, such as GoDaddy, one of the world's largest web hosts, target the market with a Chinese-language sales page but do not have a presence in the country. Beijing views this as illegal sales activity, but industry sources said there was little the government could do to stop them as blanket blockings of large numbers of foreign-hosted websites would be too controversial."
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