No More Chinese Communist Party

July 19, 2010

techeye.net: (China) Wants to stop flow of communication as it ramps up censorship

Read more: http://www.techeye.net/internet/china-puts-more-blocks-on-social-media-report#ixzz0u8mw2fKD

NetEase.com runs a microblogging service similar to Twitter. It’s been down in China since 7PM Tuesday and a notice posted on the site says that it’s “under maintenance”. Sohu.com’s microblog also got shut down earlier this week with the posted notice saying that it’s in “testing mode”. This comes as Chinese officials have made another run at clamping down on the world wide wibble – as Nick Farrell reported, it wants to make the internet its propaganda machine.

Twitter and social networking is a dangerous game for governments who want to keep the flow of information coming directly from them, as proved by the dodgy elections over in Iran. Instead of having to rely on sporadic reports, the nation took to Twitter to air grievances and post pictures of what was actually going on. This made it difficult for Mahmoudnejad to keep convincing people with state-run media that all was fine and dandy and it was just a small group of pro-Western, unIslamic dissenters that were rebelling.

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