Many Chinese internet users left messages of encouragement on the microblog of Japanese adult movie performer Sola Aoi, which has not been affected by the crackdown. (Internet photo)
The Chinese government's new crackdown on sexually suggestive content on the internet has given rise to the birth of a new job: appraiser of online sexual content. Over 4,000 people have applied for openings after internet companies opened the compliance position in mid April, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times and ahlife.com, a web portal in Anhui province.
Chinese game producers and web portals have been ordered to remove "pornographic" — or what could more correctly be called sexually suggestive — content such as depictions of young women or female cartoons wearing sleeveless T-shirts, shorts or bikinis. Even physical contact between animated online game characters of different genders is now prohibited.
The video-sharing sites of web portals Sina and Sohu were forced to close after two of Sohu's original video series were considered to contain pornographic content, a closure which reduced China's internet traffic by 20% at one point.
The crackdown has also affected foreign television shows broadcast in China. A number of European and American TV dramas have been withdrawn while the microblog accounts of two Japanese adult video stars have been intermittently inaccessible.
A dozen major internet companies including Baidu, Tencent and Kingsoft opened positions for sexual content appraiser in mid April, which received overwhelming response on the internet and over 4,000 applications. The job is open to both men and women aged between 20 and 35, located in Beijing and with an annual salary of 200,000 yuan (US$32,000). The job is to quickly identify content on the internet that falls foul of obscenity regulations. Around 100 applicants have reportedly been selected to be interviewed.
Candidates who have sat a written test for the posts said it tested their knowledge about adult video performers, common labels for sexual content around the world and how to distinguish sexual content in music and text.