China censors’ next target: microblog
Posted by Author on July 14, 2010
By WSJ Staff, The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2010 –
Users of China’s microblogging services are on edge after a series of unexplained glitches in the last two days disrupted the popular Twitter-like social-networking tools, raising fears of a government crackdown.
First, the microblogging service on Web portal Sohu.com became inaccessible over the weekend, before resuming service. Then on Monday a “beta” icon — suggesting testing of some sort — appeared beside the logo for Sina Weibo, Sina.com’s popular service, and also on microblogging services by Netease and Tencent as well. Then, on Tuesday evening, users reported that Netease’s microblogging service was suddenly “under maintenance” and accounts were inaccessible.
Lianhe Zaobao, a Chinese-language newspaper based in Singapore, reported on its website that the Sohu outage was due to censorship compliance issues, causing users to speculate that microblogging, an increasingly popular Internet application, may be in danger of being restricted or shuttered…….. (more details from The Wall Street Journal)
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