China, angry at Google for spreading porn, pulls the plug

Users of Google (GOOG) in China have found themselves unable to access its main site, or its China-based site and services. The apparent reason: the Chinese government is angry with the company for spreading pornography.

"We have found that the English version of Google.com has spread lots of pornographic, lewd and vulgar content, which is in serious violation of Chinese laws and regulations," Qin Gang, China's foreign ministry spokesman, said at a news briefing, the Associated Press reported. Google, he said, was told to remove the porn "immediately."