Has China blocked social media sites to suppress Tiananmen talks?

image Twitter has been blocked in China and officials are looking into the reasons as to why. Internet users in China have reported that not only Twitter, other services like Yahoo’s Flickr photo site, YouTube, Microsoft’s HotMail, etc are also inaccessible.

Has the Chinese government purposely blocked social media sites?

It is indeed being suspected by many. Tomorrow is China’s 20th anniversary of the military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square. It is possible that some sites on the Internet have been blocked in order to suppress and shut off the Tiananmen talks – an extreme measure to shield its citizens from any hint of the anniversary of the military crackdown that ended the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement.

What is the Tiananmen Square incident of 1989?

Around 4000 to 6000 civilians (unconfirmed) were shot dead by the Chinese army during a bloody military operation on 4th June 1989 to crush a democratic protest in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Social media experts Laura Fitton and the author of Twitter for Dummies says:

“If that is their intent, they inadvertently created even more dialogue,”

Some recent bans!

Government censorship of political material on Internet is common in China, but this is the first time Twitter has been blocked.

  • Censors blocked Chinese users from viewing all videos on YouTube
  • BBC World News reports related to the Tiananmen anniversary were being selectively blacked out of broadcast programs in China.
  • A number of sites that have hosted Chinese bloggers, including Blogger blogs and the Chinese-language version of WordPress, have also been blocked.
  • The distribution of the ‘South China Morning Post’ that has frequently featured articles on Tiananmen and other sensitive issues has also been curbed.
  • Last weekend’s edition of The International Herald Tribune had an inside page of the newspaper with an article on the Dalai Lama – the Tibetan religious leader, missing.

There is also the possibility that Twitter could simply be experiencing some technical problems. Let’s wait a little more to get some more clarity on this.


Nikhil George June 3, 2009

Terrific isn’t it. Thank God I’m not a Chinese

Hash June 3, 2009

I’m not surprised. Sometimes I wish we could impose similar bans on pathetic news castes such as on India TV, Aaj Tak and never ending, meaningless speeches of dumber than donkey politicians… I still remember Mulayam’s call to ban computers……

Rahul June 4, 2009

Chinese are tracking everything what goes throw wire.
i mean they will not tolerate any ANTI- chinese.

why they are blocking and tracking..yahoo, flickr and twitter etc.

richi June 10, 2009

yup i think in india poltician’s saying about caste or reservation should be baned or fine debt till death .In india not even a single child or parents know about caste but these muddy polticians always encourage students and even parents that if they vote them they will fulfill their desires by giving reservations etc nobody ask for reservations but they ask for some other things just like free education for poor etc if it like this then our India will be in great losss and even they should impose a rule 2 child one is boy and girl per family if this rule will start now 2009 then only in coming years india population will decrease otherwise nature know’s what to do all human race will be shutdown by nature this is to my fellow indians if you become polticians pls i hope u will do for human race .i hope this message will go worlwide to my fellow indians ……….i hope u can tell ur friends the same