Today most social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter are still banned in the People’s Republic of China as the country’s central government remains increasingly nervous of any kind of popular challenge to its authoritarian rule on its subjects. Analysts are expecting restrictions to become even more onerous in upcoming months due to the recent and ongoing ‘people power’ uprisings in the middle east and Africa.
The banning move by the government came about when on July 5th 2009, over 140 people were killed and one thousand more injured during riots in the Xinjiang province of the People’s Republic of China as a result of its brutal response to a peaceful protest for equal rights by around one thousand Uighurs, who are a Muslim ethnic minority. Following that, as a result the Chinese government‘s nervousness over anything to do with protesting, the aptly-named ‘People’s’ Republic’s government had responded with a block on access to foreign internet services. YouTube , Google services including Gmail and GTalk and social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook were banned.
Today, most social networking sites today are still banned. However, some clever residents seen to get round that by using VPN services.
[Ling Sha’lin – Asia Contributor]
- China Cracks Down on Social Networking Sites (newser.com)
- China Blocks LinkedIn, Ramps up Internet Censorship (pcworld.com)
- Social Networking in Prevention (rcasa.wordpress.com)