Stories about China

3 March 2016

Netizen Report: Facebook VP Arrested in Brazil for Refusing to Give Police WhatsApp Data

A Facebook executive is arrested in Brazil, Bolivia’s President says he wants to regulate social networks, and China shuts down 580 social media accounts for “misleading the public”.

1 March 2016

China Silences Outspoken Tycoon and Other Celebrities on Social Media

The Cyberspace Administration of China has accused the outspoken real estate tycoon Ren Zhiqiang of publishing “illegal messages with a negative impact.” But he's not alone.

26 February 2016

Netizen Report: Clown Meme Rocks Malaysia, Mocks Prime Minister

Clown memes mocking Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak are spreading after Malaysian police threatened graphic artist Fahmi Reza for uploading an image of Razak as a clown.

25 January 2016

Chinese Netizens Climb Over the Great Firewall to Go After Advocates of Taiwanese Independence

A mainland Chinese netizens’ movement aimed at silencing pro-independence Taiwanese "through civilized methods” has become a humourous emoji battle and a tech lesson in scaling the Great Firewall of China.

20 January 2016

China is Blocking Circumvention Tools With Help of Cloud Service Providers

Experts estimate that between 1% and 3% of China's internet users are using circumvention tool to visit overseas websites. But this could change with new restrictions.

8 January 2016

‘Orwellian Dystopia’ or Trustworthy Nation? Get the Facts on China's Social Credit System

Combining individuals' financial records, online shopping data, social media behaviors and employment history, China will now produce a combined "social credit" score for each citizen.

24 December 2015

On Taiwan, Facebook and the Politics of Trolling on the Chinese Internet

When Facebook became accessible in mainland China, trolls descended on a Taiwanese politician. What might happen if Facebook were to become permanently accessible in China?

15 December 2015

China's 2nd World Internet Conference Will Focus on ‘Rule of Law’, But Not Free Expression

"These conferences have had no credibility ever since the first one, whose real aim was to ensure that Internet companies wanting to operate in China fall into line."

11 December 2015

Chinese Authorities Think Internet Companies Should Reward Netizens Who ‘Spread Good News’

China's State Internet Information Office spokesman urged Internet companies to allocate charity funds to those who "spread good news." But netizens don't completely agree with government's idea of good news.

23 November 2015

Taiwanese Netizens Make the Most of Chinese Users’ Brief Facebook Visit

"This is so counterproductive I almost died laughing. This whole thing simply helps Tsai Ing-wen's campaign"

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