Internet Censorship, How China Does Social Networking

The Great Wall of China – this is how we can describe the notorious firewall of China it’s being used like a shield for blocking some high authorize sites. Youtube, Facebook and Twitter are top 3 victims, but that doesn’t mean that Chinese citizens was not in to social networking. In population of 500 million Chinese citizens are online in social network under firewall.

This is just the data we get from social media that we can access, I search for this terms “internet censorship in china” OR “China blocked major websites” OR “China firewall” OR “China Great Firewall” OR “Great Firewall of China” OR “Firewall of China” OR “China blocks Google”. I really think that if we can get data from Chinese Social Media websites we can get a lot. by having this data we can see that there are more mentions in twitter and get 70% of 9,646 mentions all over the web that are not under internet policy of china.

BIG list of Social sites being blocked:

More Than 2600 websites are blocked in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) under the country’s policy of internet censorship. This is the list of High Profile blocked websites.

Also according to a recent report from Beijing, a lot of larger Japanese websites were blocked during the afternoon of June 15 2012(UTC+08:00) and 2 days after Google Japan, Yahoo! Japan, Amazon Japan, Excite, Yomiuri News, Sponichi News and Nikkei BP Japan were blocked.

In addition China shut down 40% of websites between 2010 and 2009, despite of 1.3 million Chinese sites that were shut down, the study insists there is a high level of internet freedom in China.

This is what Liu Ruisheng said in BBC “This means our content is getting stronger, while our supervision is getting more strict and more regulated,”

Top 4 Chinese Social Networks

1.  Sina Weibo  The Sina Weibo was launched on 14 August 2009 by SINA Corporation, and has 368 million registered users as of mid 2012. about 100 million messages are posted each day. This is the Twitter of China understates Weibo’s Unique capabilities and leadership role in the Chinese social media sphere.

It also says that it’s more than Twice the population of twitter  that are registered and active users in Weibo.

2. Renren – Formely known as Xiaonei Network that exist Chinese remake of Facebook. It has been called the facebook of China, In February 2011, Renren made a pre-IPO announcement that it had 160 million registered users. and Later, in April 2011, it had to update it’s statement accurately reached 31 million active monthly users.

3. Tencent – This is founded by Ma Huateng and Zhang Zhidong in November 1998 as Tencent Inc, and is incroporated in the Cayman Islands. with the money from venture capitalists. it remained unprofitable for the first three years.

This is a platform is built on the QQ instant Messaging service. If you have QQ account, you can access to all Tencent’s different services. it’s the equivalent of a social media hub. it maintains the biggest community in China in terms of sheer registered users.

4. Douban –  Was launched on March 6, 2005, a Chinese SNS website allowing registered users to record information and create content related to film, books, music and recent events and activities it also owns an internet radio station and currently ranks No. 1 in iOS app store as of 2012. An open forum popular among intellectuals for movie, music and book reviews, with around 60 million registered users and 80 million active users per month. the good thing about douban is it’s open both registered and unregistered users.

Ideas from Mashable


China says that there’s always freedom in their social media but they blocked all High profile websites.


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