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China lifted ban on Social networking websites at APEC Summit

China on lifted ban on social networking websites like Face book, Twitter for reporters.

Nov 11, 2014 16:27 IST
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China on 6 November 2014 lifted ban on social networking websites like Face book, Twitter for reporters. This is the first time China has loosened its internet restrictions for a major international event.

China announced to lift the ban on the social networking sites at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum media centre allowed reporters to access social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and video-sharing website YouTube.

It allowed even web search of the Dalai Lama at the conference venue of APEC summit which otherwise is totally banned on the internet.  The journalists were also provided with high- speed internet.

The access to such sites is available to only in Beijing and in rest of the places access is essentially restricted by the Government of China.

Scribes can easily log into Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google which cannot be accessed in China without the help of VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection to be procured from outside.

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