If you don’t completely comply with the Chinese government’s regulations in censoring politically sensitive information, there’s a good chance the Great Firewall of China will shut you down.
In 2010, China shut down 1.3 million Web sites, allowing access to 41 per cent fewer than the previous year.
China has since let some sites like LinkedIn come back online, but here’s nine popular websites that are still blocked from regular access in the country.
It's the quintessential on-again, off-again relationship: Analysts believe the first time Google was blocked in the mainland was in 2002.
When the company agreed to China's censorship rules in 2006, a Chinese version was launched but issues quickly emerged between the two players.
It's not just Google search that's blocked. Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Cloud, Google Plus and Google Photos are included in the long list of Google-related sites that are inaccessible.
'Network Timeout. The server at youtube.com is taking too long to respond' is the message users receive if they try to access YouTube in China.
The first time the video-sharing Web site was blocked was in 2008 during riots in Tibet.
'China is not afraid of the Internet,' Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang was quoted saying. 'We manage the Internet according to law ... to prevent the spread of harmful information.'
In 2009, after deadly riots broke out in Xinjiang, Facebook users noticed they could no longer access the site.
'How can you connect the whole world if you leave out a billion people?' Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said to a Stanford University audience in 2010.
The Facebook-owned photo sharing network was blocked in 2014 during the widespread protests in Hong Kong. It's rumoured that access may be restored in some parts, but sometimes images won't load. GreatFire, a website that tracks the firewall in China, lists it as 92 per cent blocked still.
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