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Revealed: How China censors its social networks

Beijing adopts more subtle approach than you'd expect

(NEW SCIENTIST) — The way the Chinese government censors and deletes politically-sensitive terms online has been revealed for the first time.

As expected, the communists are hypersensitive to criticism of the state – but also to people slating the so-called ‘Great Firewall’, the network blocking technology that prevents Chinese people browsing the internet freely.

The US study also shows Beijing’s censorship machine works in real time – and can adapt quickly to emerging issues. It’s also location-dependent, being far more active, when required, in dissident regions.

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