How China Censors Chat Rooms, Discussion Lists
from the self-censorship-has-its-cracks dept
The fact that China blocks plenty of websites has been well documented. Clearly, there are people in the Chinese government responsible for making sure certain websites are inaccessible. But how do you censor more dynamic content in discussion groups and chat rooms? There were some headlines about how the various web companies in China agreed to self-censor those discussions, but that still leaves open the question of how good they are at stopping “dangerous” ideas. Online Journalism Review has a fascinating article about someone who is testing the boundaries to find out what kinds of messages can get through the censors, and how long they last online. Since the censors are human, it seems to vary quite a bit – but when done right, he says you can get quite a lot of information out there, if only for a short while.