China's Internet watchdog has shut down 128 illegal dating websites and ordered 20 sites to correct their practices in a campaign launched in February targeting fraud and pornography on match-making sites.
The websites were shut down due to a lack of registration records, intentionally leaking user information, and spreading pornography and vulgar content, said the Cyberspace Administration of China in a statement on its website.
Some sites have even allowed registered users to publish pornographic novels, it said.
Aside from targeting fraud rings, prostitution and fraudulent practices by service providers, the campaign also asked dating websites to enforce real-name registration and ensure the authenticity of its users.
Some match-making site operators have voiced their support for the campaign. Wu Linguang, chief executive officer of Jiayuan.com, which claimed more than 100 million users in 2014, said it will benefit the long-term development of the industry.
The campaign also involved participation by other departments, including the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Ministry of Civil Affairs.