China blocks Instagram within the wake of Hong Kong democracy protests
China has a historical past of tightening its censorship of web providers throughout occasions of political upheaval, and that is sadly occurring once more with large professional-democracy protests underway in Hong Kong. Each monitoring websites and on-the-floor observers report that the nation has blocked entry to Instagram on the mainland, almost definitely to stop photographs of the demonstrations from spreading past Hong Kong (the place Instagram continues to be working). It is probably an enormous blow to free speech, because the photograph sharing service was one of many few overseas social networks that operated unfettered within the space. We have reached out to Instagram for extra particulars, however it’s protected to presume that China will not raise its restrictions as long as the protests proceed — and it will not be shocking if this finally proves to be a everlasting ban.
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Breaking: Instagram simply received blocked in China, probably because of the circulation of protests photographs in Hong Kong.
– edde (@Edourdoo) September 28, 2014