China Censorship Blockade Club

2021-02-08   |   by CusiGO

Users worry that it’s only a matter of time. China’s censors mobilized quickly. The club voice messages calls itself “a space for leisure and direct dialogue”. For those who can be invited to enter, it has become a rare free speech space in this country. Hundreds of Chinese citizens were blocked on Monday after a weekend of chatting and debating over issues such as reeducation through labor camps in Xinjiang or China’s relations with Taiwan.

The app, which only runs on the iPhone operating system, has been running for a year, but has been popular in the past week after Tesla founder Elon Musk intervened in one of his chat rooms, or “rooms.”. In China, so far, netizens and powerful censors have not noticed this, and it has suddenly become a dark object of desire. At least among the urban middle class and the affluent, they have a status symbol on the iPhone and a connection to get to know the social network and get one of their valuable invitation. In addition, the app can also be downloaded from Apple’s overseas stores, as the Chinese version of the platform is not available.

In a country where the majority of mobile phone users use Android variants, they are in the minority, although the size of the minority cannot be ignored. On e-commerce platforms and social networks, the offers – free in theory – cost 500 yuan, or about 65 euros.

An invitation opens up a world full of possibilities, usually closed to those who do not have any computer tools in China to bypass the firewall. This is known as the censorship system implemented by the government in China.

The main attraction is the freedom to express opinions on sensitive issues and listen to all kinds of opinions, from the protests in Hong Kong to the treatment of Xinjiang Uygur Muslim minority. Such conversations are heavily censored on China’s social networks, including the ubiquitous wechat, China’s WhatsApp or twitter equivalent microblog. The most popular western social networks, such as Facebook, instagram or twitter itself, have been blocked.

As described by some participants on other social media, some of the discussions in some Mandarin chats held this weekend were conducted in a “very sincere” manner. One of the channels brought together Uighurs living in exile and Han Chinese, who are the majority of the country. Dozens of participants expressed a variety of views, and some of the audience commented in real time on other social media. On Friday, another conversation about Tiananmen reached a peak of 5000 users.

On Weibo, tags related to club conversations received as many as 50 million comments about the content of discussions and the possibility of dealing with various political or social issues. Others warn that mobile phone numbers are linked to the user’s real identity in China, as required by the app.

In the clubhouse itself, Putonghua channels have been set up to discuss “how long will the clubhouse be open” or “are you invited to tea for using the clubhouse?” In China, in some cases, “being invited to tea” means being summoned for questioning by the police or warning by the authorities.

On Monday, even the global times, a nationalist newspaper owned by the Communist Party of China, published an article discussing the craziness Surrounding the plan, even to downplay its interest. “Contrary to media reports describing the app as a” paradise for freedom of speech, “many users in mainland China believe that political debates in clubs are often biased and that pro China voices can easily be deleted.”

This trend attracted the attention of the reviewers. On Monday, from 19:30 local time (12:30 Peninsular time), people who wanted to access the app from China received an error message. Unable to establish a secure connection to server. On the “open” page of the application, a list of conversations will be displayed, while the user’s activity will display a blank area interrupted only by the phrase “open a new chat room to start a conversation.”. Some users said on Chinese social media that they could not get the verification code from their Chinese phone number to activate the app.

Chinese users immediately reacted with disappointment. “They blocked the clubs in China. It’s not surprising, but it’s a bit disappointing, “wrote one netizen from the country.

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