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Chinese Social Websites Go Under "Maintenance" 84

Posted by timothy
from the culture-of-repression dept.
Shastri writes "After blocking several prominent social websites like Twitter, Youtube ahead of Tiananmen anniversary, by the great firewall of China, some popular social sites in China have also gone under 'maintenance'. While it is anybody's guess as to whether these events are related or purely coincidental, the announced maintenance come mostly unscheduled and last for several days might give a hint. A spreadsheet (in Chinese) is being maintained enumerating the sites that have gone down for a maintenance."
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Chinese Social Websites Go Under "Maintenance"

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  • Xiaonei censorship (Score:4, Informative)

    by Dracil (732975) on Wednesday June 03, 2009 @06:42PM (#28202875)

    So I was hoping to announce this to my Chinese friends, but looks like on Xiaonei, you're not allowed to write http://www.danwei.org/net_nanny_follies/chinese_websites_under_mainten.php [danwei.org], äå½ç½'ç(TM)çæS, tiananmen, or the link to the spreadsheet. If you do, it gives you the following error: "èäè¦å'åfæ"æææYå...å®ãèæf...å...å®ãåäsåå'Sæ-å...ä-äæå½"å...å®" (no politically sensitive stuff, porn, or ads, etc.)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03, 2009 @06:56PM (#28203067)

    Yea, good luck getting Chinese characters to work. Apparently they are still using iso-8859-1 encoding, uggh.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03, 2009 @10:54PM (#28205207)

    Well, from 1958-61, an estimated 20-40 million people starved to death. Those events are still firmly in many people's memories. So while "prosperous" might not be the best word to describe most people, anybody middle aged or older has seen some fairly large improvements, materially, in their lives, and generally feel that the younger generation has an even brighter future.

  • by sethstorm (512897) * on Wednesday June 03, 2009 @11:31PM (#28205421) Homepage

    This is why [wikipedia.org]

    In short, a massacre followed by a cover-up of the events.

  • Re:Obviously... (Score:3, Informative)

    by anarche (1525323) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @04:05AM (#28206597)
    AFAIK Chinese civilians do not have any rights.

    Right to peaceful protest: No.
    Right to choice of political persuation: No.
    Right to choice of religion: No.
    Right to have children: No.
  • by asdf7890 (1518587) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @06:37AM (#28207239)

    Your mistake here is thinking that these "middle class" Chinese people are not aware of Tiananmen/June 04. Indeed they all know about it, and are still supportive of the government's action.

    A lot of the people who know about it only know a sanitised version of events ("a bunch of students tried to incite a violent dangerous and unjust revolution and the army valiantly stopped their attempt to damage society" or some such), not the whole truth. Many will guess that there was more to it, many will know there is (through information sources not controlled by the government), but many more will not or will not let themselves be interested enough to enquire in case such an enquiry gets them marked as a troublesome individual.

  • Re:Obviously... (Score:2, Informative)

    by The Archon V2.0 (782634) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @12:07PM (#28210823)

    Last saturday in South Carolina a facebook group organized a 200 person strong group of teenagers to go out attack a store clerk and pull out and beat up a family in a car.

    Really? Tragic, horrible, an abomination. Surely a 200 person mob attacking innocent victims must have made the news by Sunday, which would be the 31st. I know that a +2 Interesting mod means it MUST be true, but let's check....

    Google news tells me the only stories for the 30th and 31st containing "South", "Carolina" and "clerk" are:
    * Adult Books for High School Students
    * Symposium celebrates SC women through the ages
    * Waiting on death row: In 7 brutal cases, killers deserve sentences ...
    * Incompetence, indifference leave St. Paul couple snarled in ...
    * TV Movies for the week of May 31
    * Cyber security plan
    * Bearing witness to kindness and care
    * Two arrested for murder

    The murder ones are all deaths that happened weeks or years ago. The couple is the standard "lost home to medical bills" story. Ones containing "South", "Carolina" and "Facebook" are even fewer and more mundane. Thus, this post is either mistaken, trolling, or trying to be funny.

    Mods, PLEASE check facts before modding. I know you can't verify a post relating to the details of quantum chromodynamics, but if the answer is literally one Google search away....

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