China’s Great Firewall is well known – the country enforces strict measures to ensure citizens are unable to sign up to social networks or enjoy websites hosting “harmful” information outside the country.
Its the largest, most innovative internet censorship programme in the world: but how does it work? Marc Fennell climbs the Great Firewall of China - it's bigger. badder and better than you think.
On Thursday, Wang presented his statistics to the media, particularly focusing on how much Internet content he had helped censor. The head almost seemed to boast about how much content had been blocked, stating the following:
“By November, […] 350m pieces of harmful information, including text, pictures and videos, had been deleted,” he said. “There was a notable improvement in the online cultural environment.”With Mark Zuckerberg recently visiting the country, Wang refused to discuss whether Facebook would be allowed special exclusion from the strict firewall, also dismissing the fact that Zuckerberg would have used his visit to discuss possible exemption from a Great Firewall blocking.
Earlier in 2010, we reported on the sentencing of a female activist who was given a year in a labour camp for one retweet. Retweeting a message on Twitter posted by her boyfriend, the woman went missing for a few days, even missing her wedding day – such is the level of censorship in the country.
It could be a while until we see Google or Facebook making headway in China, at least at the moment.
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