A recent Yahoo article spoke about how China controls its Internet by imposing curbs on freedom of expression online and censoring external apps.
Here’s a closer look at the top 100+ apps banned in China, which the rest of the world enjoys freely. Some of these apps have been mainly banned as they were used by Chinese citizens to revolt against the government and to use it as a platform for communication among protestors. Some others were blocked for fear of snooping by external parties on data of national interest and security.
A ban on these apps, especially as a result of riots or protests by the people of China, further cements the belief that China’s hegemonic government is in fact insecure of not being able to control the voice of its population.
While China’s ban on these apps does not directly impact India, as these are all mostly US-based, it is a matter of intrigue that China should choose to do away with any advanced and effective media that connects the countries of the world under the pretext of promoting their own technology. What is China seeking to guard against so closely? Is it just a fear of the US making inroads?
Imagine a near impossible scenario where the Indian government would decide on banning any of these apps for its general public. What would your reaction be? Think you can make do without them? Share your thoughts below.
However, do remember, above is just a hypothetical situation for your consideration. In reality, we must consider ourselves lucky that we are in a large democracy that gives us the right to a free, progressive world.
Some of the top websites blocked in China:
Social Websites and Apps
Blogging Websites and Platforms
Streaming Apps and Websites
Cloud Storage, Information, and Sharing
Note: User can still access blocked websites in China, using virtual private networks (VPNs). However, due to China’s recent crackdowns on VPNs, not all of them work.
Reference source: https://www.vpnmentor.com/
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