China blocks Twitter and others

China has once again blocked a popular social networking web site, this time Twitter is on the latest block. China has been known in the recent past to block web sites like YouTube and even blocking Apple's iTunes and Amazon.

The strict and demanding country contains the world's largest population of Internet users and communities. China has blocked more than 6,000 web sites and blogs that China feels could spread negative word about itself, sparking protests. Bing.com, Live.com, hotmail.com, Blogger and now Flickr is another web site that has recently been blocked by China, preventing any access or sharing of photos from its people.

China has put blocks on how information is spread in its country after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest. The anniversary of that date, July 4, is approaching soon, as China clamps down on live blogging web sites to prevent further incidents.

It is unclear if China will lift the bans after July 4 or at any time, but most Chinese residents are without the popular web sites like YouTube, Twitter, Blogger, Flickr and even newly launched Bing.com.

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The majority is people in China don't even care/know about these sites (facebook, twitter, youtube etc). The only people that are really bothered are the expats and tourists that are out there. They have baidu, QQ, tudou, taobao and other things that mirror these things.

According to Nicholas D. Kristof "The true number of deaths will probably never be known, and it is possible that thousands of people were killed without leaving evidence behind. But based on the evidence that is now available. One reason the number may never be known is suspicion that Chinese troops may have quickly removed and disposed of bodies.

Tiananmen Square Massacre. 7,000 deaths (6,000 civilians and 1,000 soldiers) - NATO intelligence.

During the protests, The 27th established defensive positions in Beijing - not of the sort designed to counter a civilian uprising, but as if to defend against attacks by other military units. The locally-stationed 38th Army, on the other hand, was sympathetic to the uprising. They were supplied no ammunition, and were said to be torching their own vehicles as they abandoned them to join the protests

Wow, paranoia runs rampant.

Then again, are China's people really missing out not knowing what their friends had for lunch? I guess they could find out the old fashioned way by using a telephone or face-to-face conversation.

Yeah... we block popular websites because we don't want bad publicity!... LOL! Idiots... (the government that is)

I bet in China you could bribe someone to to unblock your connection. Bribery seems commonplace after seeing these statistics:

Nature of bribe: