Joining the illustrious company of Twitter and Facebook, the location-based social
network Foursquare has been blocked in China
allows users to share their location with friends via mobile phone. Friday is the
21st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre and it appears
that the service was blocked
after users attempted to "check-in" to the location Tiananmen Square.
- Classic Chinese Authoritarianism, writes a disapproving Asavin Wattanajantra at The
Inquirer: "It is unclear whether this is a permanent or temporary move,
but it is just another way for the Chinese authorities to use their
Great Firewall technology to suppress web content that they don’t
like... This move won’t really make much difference in the whole scheme
of things, but it does show how touchy the Chinese government can be
when it comes to its fear of social notworking."
Censor—and Guess What?—It Works, observes Gady Epstein at Forbes: "The
blocking of Foursquare, while perhaps temporary, is yet another reminder
that the Communist Party of China is serious about
controlling history... To some extent the party's strategy has been
successful: Many in China, especially younger generations, have little
clue what happened 21 years ago on June 4. Of those that do remember,
some unknown percentage -- perhaps a quite high percentage -- have
chosen not to care too deeply, a sort of willed forgetting in service of
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