Thanks to China’s censorship, the Chinese can not enjoy many of the services and social network websites that we take for granted in the US. Because they are blocked in China. Even services like Google have been blocked and social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as well. Take a moment to imagine a world without those things. Yes, it would stink.
For some reason, China’s government has mostly left Instagram alone, despite the fact that it belongs to Facebook. Well this has changed. According to reports, the Chinese government has recently added Instagram to its block list. It looks like this is the result of recent protests in Hong Kong, where Hong Kong’s residents were using Instagram to post photos of the protests. Obviously the government would not want these things to get out over the service.
Hong Kong residents are not happy with a new proposal that would allow officials in Beijing to approve political candidates before election day, which many believe would make a mockery of the elections. Since Hong Kong was under British rule for many years before returning to China, they aren’t as easily put in their place as the Chinese themselves. Hong Kong protestors have used the #OccupyCentral hashtag to tag their photos of the protest. Even though Instagram has been blocked in China, users in Hong Kong itself continue to post photos.