Sunday 17 January 2010
China now monitoring text msgs
The UK Telegraph reports that China has begun monitoring 'billions of text messages' in order to increase censorship. Customers of China’s two largest mobile phone networks, China Mobile and China Unicom, have had their texting service blocked after sending risqué messages. The People's Daily Online English version reports that the phone companies are working hand in hand with the public security bureau to curb "illegal" text messages. One person whose messaging was blocked said he was told that If he wanted to resume service, he had to take his identity card to the local public security bureau with a letter of guarantee, promising he would no longer send risqué messages.