State-run news agency Xinhua recently reported that the Chinese government had shut down some 4000 websites for hosting “harmful” content.
Included in the content which were deemed illegal were copyright infringements and violent and pornographic material that promoted “improper values” and “vulgarity or obscenity”. However, the purge also included platforms offering ebooks.
BBC analyst Kerry Allen said that Chinese people have become accustomed to such crackdowns that they are no longer reliant on such websites. The move also emphasizes that users should just read stuff that they pay for and not access subversive content.