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Erotic figurines new source of online porn: WIN

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Watch Internet Network (WIN) yesterday said that complaints over pictures of erotic figurines have risen dramatically recently, and that the pictures have become another source of Internet pornography.

Internet pornography was the No. 1 source of complaints about Internet content, accounting for 46 percent of the complaints it received from August last year to the middle of last month, the government-funded agency said.

They were followed by Internet fraud (14.9 percent), computer viruses and telecom services (9.4 percent), inappropriate content (9 percent) and junk mail (7.8 percent).

Complaints about online porn have increased with the popularity of erotic figurines, with the agency receiving 172 complaints of such pictures during the survey period, WIN executive director Huang Wei-wei (黃葳威) said.

“These figurines are based on images of animation or comic book characters who are scantily clad and presented in provocative poses. Parents were concerned that children might be affected by these pictures. We then asked the Internet service provider [ISP] to label these pictures as restricted content,” Huang said.

She said the agency also found that the number of complaints over Facebook content increased from 180 in the previous year of study to 245 this year. Most of the complaints were about pornographic content, fraudulent messages and offensive language.

About 37 percent of the inappropriate content was removed from Facebook following the complaints, WIN said.

Many foreign-based Web sites are filled with improper content, it said. Web sites such YouTube or Facebook are most likely to remove offensive content once they received a complaint, but other ISPs would only remove about 8.9 percent, it said.

The National Communications Commission said that many countries swap lists of Web sites deemed inappropriate for young people to help regulate online content.

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