Yahoo: Beijing Likely Blocking Photo Site

Flickr.com, one of the world's most popular online photo-sharing sites and owned by Yahoo Inc., is likely being blocked by the Chinese government, Yahoo's Hong Kong unit said on Tuesday. Flickr—popular among a growing class of digital photo enthusiasts in the world's second-largest Internet market—has not shown photos to users in mainland China since last week, amid rumors Beijing took action after images of the Tiananmen massacre in early June 1989 were posted. "It is our understanding that Flickr users in China are not able to see images on Flickr, and we have confirmed that this is not a technical issue on our end," a spokeswoman for Yahoo Hong Kong said in an e-mail in response to a Reuters inquiry.

"It appears that the Chinese government is restricting access to Flickr, although we have not received confirmation from them," the spokeswoman said in the e-mail. "We are currently investigating this issue and hope that it is only a temporary one," she added. Officials from China's Ministry of Information Industry could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. The Communist Party has banned references to the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in state media, the Internet and books as part of a whitewash campaign, meaning most young Chinese are ignorant of the events.

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It's be pretty bad thinking you know your countries history and then finding out one of the greatest events that happened in the past 50 years was censored and you didn't even know about it. That'd be like being completely ignorant of the Civil Rights movements in America. It's a wonder there's not more Chinese that are wising up, demanding freedom (though it may be scary, as they've been unfree for so many centuries).

Hmm... every country has things they'd rather not talk about, but geez, hiding it from the population? I think China's government need to visit a popular online encyclopedia and look up the phrases "internet" and "freedom of speech".

bmaher said,
Hmm... every country has things they'd rather not talk about, but geez, hiding it from the population? I think China's government need to visit a popular online encyclopedia and look up the phrases "internet" and "freedom of speech".

Or maybe you need to goto one of those sites and look up "communist" or "Communist Party of China"

bmaher said,
Hmm... every country has things they'd rather not talk about, but geez, hiding it from the population? I think China's government need to visit a popular online encyclopedia and look up the phrases "internet" and "freedom of speech".

You're kidding right? Take phiberoptik's advice. Wow.

solardog said,

You're kidding right? Take phiberoptik's advice. Wow.

Yes, believe it or not, i do know what they mean.

My entire point is that things should change. Being a communist is entirely up to them, but do you not agree that things should change, rather than just attack my view?

bmaher said,

Yes, believe it or not, i do know what they mean.

My entire point is that things should change. Being a communist is entirely up to them, but do you not agree that things should change, rather than just attack my view?

Sorry, it sounded like you were clueless and so many are. Things are gonna change and its not gonna be pretty. China is a ticking time bomb, they aint gonna be able to walk this fine line forever.

One correction.. Being Communist is NOT up to the people. Communism is complete government control of everything. The people have no say whatsoever. Communist governments keep their control by keeping information out of the hands of the people and anyone who would defend that is evil beyond words. Olympics are going to be interesting.

I am not a fan of learning history...but to try and hide it from your people?! What the hell?! Chinas gov't is sounding more and more like junk to me -.-