The News Seemed Too Good to be True…
Early Tuesday morning, many newspapers, specifically the South China Morning Post, reported that China would lift the long ban on politically sensitive foreign websites such as Facebook®, twitter®, and nytimes.com. Although only the Shanghai free trade zone would be allowed to reach the websites this is still a huge step in the right direction for China. The motive for the lift of the ban is to allow foreign investors and employers to live and work happily in the free trade zone.
To many people’s disappointment the People’s Daily, which is controlled directly by the communist party, said that “Today (our) journalists obtained the information from a very powerful channel that these reports are wrong.” China’s communist party would like to take advantage of the internet with the business opportunities it holds, but is wary of the platform it gives people to express their dissent for the government. The government does however seem willing to allow less control of the free trade zone of Shanghai in order for it to rival New York or London as a financial capital. The free trade zone will take effect September 29. Unfortunately it won’t be bringing Facebook® and Twitter® with it.
- No, China is NOT unblocking Facebook (or anything else) in Shanghai free trade zone (techinasia.com)
- China Will Allow Facebook and Twitter in Shanghai (minyanville.com)
- China to relax web censorship in the name of economic growth (theverge.com)
“China Will Allow Facebook and Twitter in Shanghai.” MSNMoney. Minyanville.com, 24 Sept. 2013. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.
Coonan, Clifford. “China Won’t Allow Twitter, Facebook Access in Shanghai Free Trade Zone After All.” The Hollywood Reporter. N.p., 26 Sept. 2013. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.