China has tightened its laws on the Internet and censorship, specifically clamping down on illegal publications and pornography. The end result is that five mass storage companies have gone down during April and March this year, according to the South China Morning Post.
New Statesman Tech cannot comment on any suggestion that this means they were surviving purely on the strength of illicit pictures, but it looks relatively likely.
China has always taken a more hands-on approach to censorship than other countries, and has excited criticism as a result from time to time. However, before condemning too hard it’s worth putting yourself in the place of an outsider and considering how that outsider might react to the suggestion that there should be virtually unlimited porn and in some cases uncensored hate posts available to anyone who self-certifies as being “of age”.