China's internet watchdog has ordered the closure of 128 dating websites as part of a months-long campaign targeting fraud and pornography on match-making sites.
In a statement on its website, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said the websites were shut down due to "a lack of registration records, intentionally leaking user information, and spreading pornography and vulgar content".
In January, Chinese authorities ordered all social networking platforms and forums to require users to register their identities, even if they used a pseudonym.
Beijing, China (CNN) -- In China it can be hard for millionaires to find love. "These people are very excellent themselves, which leads to their high standards for partners," Xu said.
China’s also been bitten by the reality television bug.
Dating game-style shows are popular entertainment in China, though no one expects them to lead to any long-term commitments, said Wang.
This phenomenon developed organically more than a decade ago in Shanghai and has since sprung up in other parts of China, said Zhen Trudy Wang, a former Caijing magazine reporter in Shanghai who now works for a public relations firm.
People were meeting at the park anyway to practice dancing, badminton and martial arts. “Matchmaking” is actually a more accurate term than “market,” which implies that money is exchanging hands, noted Wang.
It’s impossible to say whether the matchmaking corner in People’s Park is producing any loving couples, but there are some anecdotes.
Wang said her cousin met her boyfriend while she was walking through one such site with her friends, and she caught the eye of his mother.
A study published this month by University College London and Jiayuan.com, the country's largest dating site, found more than 57,000 accounts associated with one particular con it termed the "date for profit" scam.
The scheme, which bears many similarities to the "tea house" scam visitors to large Chinese cities are often warned of, involves a restaurant hiring an attractive woman to make multiple dating profiles.
We don't focus on the mass general public." Golden Bachelor says it has 5 million registered members and employs psychologists and special matchmaking consultants to personally assist multi-millionaires in their pursuit of romance.