Many internet users in China were pleasantly surprised when suddenly a range of previously blocked website were available, last Friday, including the twitter-interface Hootsuite, Voice of America, video-sharing site Vimeo and URL shortening site bit.ly. Even some foreign pornography was suddenly available.
But that happiness might be shortlived, tells internet watcher Kaiser Kuo to CP:
“I think it’s totally just a glitch. These things have happened often before. (Censors) screw up and some site will suddenly become available for a day or two days and then be back to normal again. There’s never any rhyme or reason to it,” said Kaiser Kuo, a Beijing-based technology analyst. “It’s almost certainly not deliberate policy.”
The sites have become available amid a “sweep out pornography and prostitution” campaign in the Chinese capital of Beijing, which has resulted in the closure of several nightclubs and karaoke parlours.
Kaiser Kuo is also a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. When you need him at your conference, do get in touch.
Kaiser Kuo also contributed a chapter to our recently released book A Changing China, on the early stages of rock music in China.
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