Depending on the news outlets, China has either delayed or cancelled its internet filtering application, known as Green Dam Youth Escort, after being criticised both by inside and outside the country.
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology didn't set any new deadline for the launch of the application that filters online adult material as well as anti-governmental websites. It failed however to give more details as to the reasons behind the move.
But for those who think that the Chinese government is backing down, they might be sorely disappointed. It appears that it was actually the computer manufacturers which might have asked the authorities for more time.
Taipei Times also reported that Acer, the world's third largest PC Maker, has already said that it will comply with the government order to install the controversial application on all new computers. HP and Dell, respective the number one and two PC makers worldwide, say that they are currently monitoring the situation.
Furthermore, there are claims that the developer Green Dam Youth Escort application has violated the intellectual properties of a California-based company called Solid Oak Software Inc. It has already appointed lawyers in the US and in China to make sure its IP rights are respected.
China has cracked down recently on pornographic content available online and offline. It did destroy a sex focused Love Land theme park back in May 2009 and earlier this month managed to block Google and a few other websites because they had links to pornographic websites.
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