One of the biggest superpowers of the world, China, plays a huge part in the economic and industrial market globally. A major part of the technological scenario is the World Wide Web or the internet.
China is known for massive censorship on the most popular sites in the world. Mainland China imposes complete bans and censorship on a lot of the famous sites like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Here are the top 10 websites and apps that are currently blocked in Mainland China.
The world's second biggest corporation, Google, is part of the sites that are blocked in China. Not only Google Search, but a lot of the other services from Google, like Gmail, Google Docs, Google Maps and even Android Play Store, are completely banned in the areas of Mainland China.
The world's most popular social networking website is not quite that popular with the Chinese folk as the government has placed a complete ban on its usage in the mainland area. Although used by few people with the help of VPN services, Facebook remains almost completely aloof from the citizens of China.
Another one of the world's top social networking services, Twitter, is also part of the infamous list of blocked sites in China. A lot of security reasons are a part of this decision as Twitter has acted in many ways in favor of bringing about online revolutions to the street.
While Yahoo is an online resource that is almost extinct in today's online world, it has been a name to reckon with for the past two decades. China banned Yahoo! in their country in 2012 after a security concern over their news updates regarding the mainland.
The Pirate Bay
The world's biggest hub for torrents and illegal download links to movies, TV shows, games and more, The Pirate Bay, is quite knowingly banned in China due to its nature of offering copyrighted content for free. It violates the laws of the land but has been difficult to ban in many other countries.
SoundCloud is a frequently used online resource for the purpose of listening to famous podcasts and songs, without copyright issues. Artists upload their work on SoundCloud to reach a much wider and global audience. But don't count China in that list yet because SoundCloud is completely banned in the mainland part.
One of the biggest media businesses in the world, BBC or British Broadcasting Corporation is also blocked in China for reasons including disruptions in public discourse due to 'controversial' information displayed by the organization.
This is a rather infamous search engine and comes bundled with Tor Browser, the world's safest browser that protects all kinds of user information. DuckDuckGo encrypts all the user history and information, restricting access to anyone, not even the makers. Thus, naturally, it is blocked in mainland China.
The low-quality alternative to YouTube, DailyMotion is also part of the websites that are banned in mainland China. It allows users to upload content without much censorship or filtering, leading to its inevitable ban in China around a decade ago.
The popular image-sharing website, Flickr, is completely banned because of the same reasons sites like YouTube and DailyMotion are banned - loose rules of allowing people to upload content of any type.