Why is top social media banned in China?


Social media condition in China:

China is one of the biggest developing countries with the largest number of population and ruling the world with their products. But, there are few weird things that most of the folks don’t know about this dynamic nation. China has a weird policy against the usage of social media in the country. The Chinese government has banned all the top social media websites in the China and surfing on the internet is pretty hard in the China. There is the tool called Great Firewall of China aka GFC, in which Chinese government monitor the web browsing in the country and has banned all the top social media activities in the whole country.

The government reasons behind this policy that most of the web content isn’t healthy and affects the performance of Chinese children. They also comment that with the GFC their motive is to protect themselves from the crimes carried out over a computer network. The Chinese government has pretty strict rules against the social media browsing and this causes the huge problem to the students to gather the useful study material. But instead of removing the ban from it, the Chinese government has a pretty long list of reasons to justify their action.

Are reasons being social media ban in China?

  1.  Giving the advantage to local social media platforms.

    The biggest reason behind top social media websites in China would be the motive of the government to promote the local social media platforms. A government can’t generate revenue or impose taxes on the international social media platforms and for that, they need to boost the local social media platforms to increase their revenue. So, in short, Without blocking Google, Baidu cannot succeed. Without blocking Wikipedia, Hoodong cannot succeed. Without blocking Blogger, Blogcn cannot succeed. Without blocking YouTube, Youku cannot succeed.

  2. Safeguarding the political affairs.

    The government would not allow people to discuss the various political parties or the government in those International Websites because they do not have the ability to control them. So, that’s why they thought it is easy to block international social media and prevent the government reputation. The rules to start a website in China are very strict as if the government find illegal content on your site they won’t hesitate to shut it down.

  3. Prevention from illegal content.

    The Chinese government doesn’t want people to discuss the government on international platform and comment, so they find it cool to ban them. The government also make use of the GFW to block it. In addition, the GFW is extremely sensitive when it comes to pornography contents.

List of websites blocked in China:

  • Social- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, Picasa, WordPress.com, Blogspot, Blogger, Flickr, SoundCloud, Google+, Google Hangouts, HootSuite.
  • Apps- Google Play, Line, KaKao Talk, Telegram.
  • Search engines- Google, Duck Duck Go, various foreign versions of Baidu and Yahoo.
  • Media- The New York Times, Finacial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist Bloomberg, Reuters, LeMonde, L’Equipe, Netflix, Youtube, Vimeo, Google News, Daily Motion, many pages of Wikipedia, Wikileaks.
  • Work tools-¬†Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail, Google Calendar (generally all Google services), Dropbox, Shutterstock, iStock Photos, WayBackMachine, Scribd, Xing, Android, and many VPN sites.
  • Porn- Porn sites are almost all blocked.

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Arpit Agarwal

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