Great wall of China

Great Wall of China

The Lobby has learnt that in the last few hours China has blocked access to content sharing platforms such as YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, or Tumblr, most probably using their Golden Shield Project firewall. Blogs hosted by WordPress or Blogger have also been blocked. According to several journalists on the web, Chinese authorities want to pre-empt any attempts to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident.

It is a sad example of government censorship but acutely highlights another dimension of social media, namely that it poses a real threat to dictatorial regimes around the world and in many countries serves a purpose greater than mere social interaction.

– Maxime

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