More than 2,500 websites were shut down in November in a crackdown on pornography and illegal publications, the National Office Against Pornography and Illegal Publications said Thursday.
The office took down an estimated 3.27 million links and closed over 2,500 pornography websites across 862 cases uncovered during the campaign to "purify the internet" launched in April, chinanews.com reported on Thursday.
Some 26 live video streaming platforms were investigated by the national anti-porn office under the Ministry of Culture (MOC) in order to eliminate pornographic or violent videos and pictures.
Meanwhile, approximately 4,313 video streaming channels were shut down, with 1,502 performers being removed from the streaming platforms.
The Ministry of Public Security and the MOC have been jointly cracking down on 51 cases of online vulgarity and have punished some 578,000 illegal portals and blocked over 9 million obscene links.
A total of 73 applications have been taken down from app stores by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for vulgar content.
The Cyberspace Administration of China closed over 310,000 social media accounts, 400,000 QQ instant messaging groups and 121 interview websites which published erotic content and blocked 462 foreign pornography websites before it released regulations over the country's online video industry in November.
According to the regulations, service providers are urged to censor content before releasing it and are instructed to establish a system that would allow them to block "improper" live streams immediately, the Xinhua News Agency reported on November 10.