Does China have a “clean” Internet or full-blown censorship? To-may-to, to-mah-to
Chinese officials are quite proud of themselves for the measures they imposed to “clean up” the Internet.According to Reuters, the campaign the country led against online rumors has been highly successful, ending up in “cleaning” the Internet, a top official said. Of course, many have called these measures plain out online censorship.
China’s system, also known as the Great Firewall, blocks a bunch of western social sites, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and many more, as well as those belonging to rights groups and foreign media agencies – basically anything that could let local Internet users get a glimpse of true online freedom.
“The fight against rumors has received a positive response and has been quite effective. The Internet has become clean. The frequency of slander has declined, but it has not impacted the orderly flow of information,” said Ren Xianliang, vice minister of the State Internet Information Office.
Of course, it wasn’t too long ago that it was revealed that high profile users of Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, had been shut down following anti-government posts. So, the “frequency of slander” has declined mostly because those who had the courage to critique the government got shut down.