10 simple things that are officially banned in China. We use them every day

China is one of the most developed countries in the world. At the same time, this country is quite closed and has a huge number of bans, the violation of which can lead to serious consequences. Internet magazine Factinteres has collected 10 things that are banned in China.


In China it is impossible to get to the most popular search engine in the world. The ban came into force in 2014 and since then no Google service has been opened in China. The purpose of the ban was to protect its citizens from data collection and storage by companies in other countries. Also, Chinese authorities were concerned about the low level of (in their opinion) filtering of information.


In July 2009, the Chinese authorities banned Facebook. The fact is that in 2009, this social network was used to organize mass riots in which more than 200 people died. The protests of 2009 pissed off the Chinese authorities, which led to the blocking of the social network in China.


Snapchat is one of the most popular social networks for sharing images. As with Google, the Snapchat lockdown was related to storing personal data outside of China. To replace this social network in China, they created their own application - QQ. To date, more than 100 million people in China are registered with it.


Another social network that was blocked in China was Twitter. According to the Chinese authorities, Twitter could be used to spread fake information about the country and organize riots. Therefore, a decision was made to block this resource.

But China has its analogue of Twitter - Weibo. Despite this, Twitter has recorded over 10 million users from China. It is likely that they are using a VPN to bypass the government firewall.


In 2014, after mass protests in Hong Kong, Instagram was blocked. The fact is that protesters actively shared images of the riots and urged other citizens to join the protests. The authorities did not like it and Instagram was blocked all over China.


The last major lockout is the Pinterest lockout. It happened in 2017. According to one version, Pinterest was blocked because of Chinese policy. However, critics of this version argue that the content on this social network has nothing to do with a threat to China's national security. At the same time, instead of Pinterest in China was presented analogue of BABA, owned by Alibaba. Hence the political subtext of the blocking.


Every day, Chinese authorities block several thousand websites from all over the world. As a rule, the blocked sites are those that present false or dangerous information about China. At least 2 million people work on this task, which allows tracking thousands of sites at a time. And modern technologies help fight against unwanted websites, as the country is one of the most developed in the world.

Foreign cinema

If visiting China you wanted to go to a movie for a popular Hollywood movie, you can't do it. There is a restriction on showing foreign films (34 films per year). In addition, all 34 films are subject to strict censorship, where uncomfortable moments and comments are removed.

E-books and streaming video

5 months - this is how long the cooperation between DisneyLife and China lasted in 2017. After that, the giant streaming video was blocked across the country. Also together with DisneyLife all foreign e-book services were blocked. In addition, the iBook Store was already blocked at that time, which happened in 2016.


Gambling was banned in China in 1949. However, almost immediately after the ban appeared underground casinos, which still exist today. Recently, the Chinese authorities have been tightly engaged in illegal casinos and every day there are fewer and fewer.

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