Tuesday, June 2, 2009

China blocks Twitter, Flickr and Hotmail ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

DUH! What's going on? Looks like good news to me! China #1!

Source: Guardian

Chinese censors blocked access to Twitter and other popular online services today , two days before the 20th anniversary of the crackdown on democracy protests in Tiananmen Square.

The move came amid increasing pressure on dissidents, in a reflection of the authorities' anxiety ahead of the sensitive date. Hundreds died as the army forced its way through Beijing to clear away demonstrators from the capital's political heart in June 1989, but the issue is taboo on the mainland.

The photo-sharing site Flickr, email service Hotmail and other services were also unavailable this evening.

"Twitter is a tool which can put all the sensitive things and sensitive guys together, very quickly. That's the very thing that the Chinese government doesn't want to see in China," said one blogger, Michael Anti, who had predicted Twitter would not be allowed for long.

"They needed time to figure out what it is and whether it needed to be controlled."

He added: "I don't know whether they will reopen Twitter after 4 June. I hope they will, for Twitter is a crucial icon for the new internet era on which many innovations emerge. China can't block their young generation from the future."


Shuuuuuuuush Tiananmen never happened so it is not to be discussed. It's pretty sad that govenment have to censor everything to their people and continue to hide their evil actions. The Chinese public are just mindless idiots.

A statement like this from me would be followed by comments and hate mail from Chinese pawns... but they can't read this today so NYAH!! phhhhhhhhhttttttttt

*dance dance dance*


Thomas Hochmann said...

I lived in China for 2 years, and my wife is from China. I wouldn't say the Chinese public is made up of idiots necessarily -- just that the culture breeds a sense of "it's not my concern." Chinese culture is very hierarchical, and all levels of society function on the sense of knowing your place.

For the average citizen, it is not in the job description to think much about or even care much about what the government does. Even if they do care, there is a general feeling of powerlessness that would prevent real action.

I think the appropriate thing here is not to insult the Chinese public, but to take this as a warning to spread to our own public. We here in America can be just as sheep-like, complacently letting the government and mass media herd us where they will. I could easily insult China knowing all the things I learned while living there -- but I think the energy is better spent preventing our own society from ending up the same way.

Matthew said...

Truth is that it was just a typical military parade and some stupid country bumpkins got drunk and ran in front of the tanks.

At least that's what the CCP tells me.

Degenerasian said...

Thomas: That's a very good point and the US is falling into that trap of a partisan left-wing media.

It's the hierarchical nature of China that worries me alot. "Knowing your place" is not a good thing. There should always be debate and arguing amongst so-called classes. People always have power but the government there has made people fed-up and powerless.

I believe most Chinese citizens want to just worry about making money and getting out.