According to a report from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), there has been a drop of 1.3 million websites by the end of 2010 which accounts for a 41% decrease in the total amount of Chinese sites. Experts say this has been caused by recent campaigns to control the internet. This has especially affected interactive websites such as online forums.
However, CASS said the number of websites had shrunk because of the slowing of the economy and because of campaigns to end pornography and spam. The Chinese government has tightened regulations on websites and the content they post. Even though China’s constitution guarantees freedom of speech, the government can shut down websites under a “subversion of state power” clause if they choose to do so.
Even though almost half of Chinese websites were shut down compared to last year, the remaining sites have cranked out new content at a fast pace. The total number of Chinese web pages available has jumped by 79%.