Internet auctioneer eBay's Chinese website has deleted posts of
banned satellite TV dishes after a crackdown on the illegal
equipment used to view foreign programs.
"Our technical team has worked quickly to delete those unlawful
items from our Web site," Huang Lei, a PR official of eBay China
said on Friday.
Only six matches were flagged up after typing in "satellite
dish" as the key words on the website's search engine and most were
"Any items that violate our user agreement and Chinese law are
prohibited from our site," she said.
Local authorities have launched a month-long hunt for illegal
satellite dishes that can receive foreign programs.
The Beijing Anti-Pornography and Anti-Piracy Office will target
the production, distribution and installation of unauthorized
satellite dishes and individuals will be fined up to 5,000 yuan
(US$625) for installing a satellite dish.
But adverts for satellite dishes were still up and running on
Internet auction sites including eBay.com.cn after the campaign's
launch had been announced.
According to the eBay user agreement, satellite and cable TV
descramblers, drugs, animals and wildlife products are prohibited
from being sold online.
"The technical team works with two approaches: a system that
filters items by picking out key words that indicate they are
prohibited and real-time monitoring of the site to find prohibited
items that are left out by filtering," Huang said.
China's regulation on satellite dishes issued in 1993 prohibits
individuals or work units from setting up satellite dishes to
receive foreign programs.
Satellite dishes are legally allowed only in hotels above three
stars, office buildings and apartments that are designed for
(Xinhua News Agency August 19, 2006)