China Blocking Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and More as 20 Year Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Looms

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With just two days until the 20-year anniversary of the horrific massacre at Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government has censored and blocked Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Live.com and Hotmail.com, and even the new Microsoft Bing.com

According to Jeremy Goldkorn’s Danwei site, “The block seems to be a URL keyword filter. Googling for “twitter.com” resets the connection, as does including the string “twitter.com” in any other URL. Access to the service is fine through proxy or VPN.”


Danwei is a site dedicated to covering “media, advertising and urban life in China.” According to the Danwei site, they do this by “using extensive Chinese language sources.”

This is by no means the first time that China has been found to be keeping its citizens from accessing information from outside of China.

Tiananmen Square was about making sure that the outside world couldn’t hear the people of China; apparently the 20-year anniversary of Tiananmen Square is about making sure that the people of China can’t hear the outside world.

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