Communist Internet Censorship - Chinese Internet users barred from search for "the truth"
- U.S. Consulate site is also blocked.
Chinese Internet were barred from searching ‘the truth’ on its loading social media website, has been revealed.
Attempts to search for the phrase were blocked on the Twitter-like site Weibo.com, which boasts 300 million users reports the UK Daily Mail.
Users noticed that if they typed in the Chinese characters for ‘the truth’, they received a message refusing to display any results. It read: ‘According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results for 'the truth' cannot be displayed.’
It is not known how long the phrase search was blocked and if China’s controlling Communist government intervened.
A spokesman for the website insisted that the block was due to a ‘technical glitch’.
However, the one-party state is notorious for actively blocking sites such as Facebook and Twitter with the so-called Great Firewall of China.
Under Chinese law, social media firms are also required to self-censor.
At the same time that ‘the truth’ was inaccessible, the Weibo account of the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai was also inaccessible.
A search for the account said results could not be displayed and ‘relevant sensitive information or garbage content has been filtered’.
Users on the mainland can still access Google searches in Hong Kong – but China censors the results. (UK Daily Mail)
Weibo.com, China's most popular micro-blogging site with 300million accounts, barred users from searching for the phrase 'the truth'.
The truth is out there, but it may be best we do not know it.