China orders ISPs to shut down VPN access2017-07-12 08:52 by Daniela
Tags: China, VPN
China plans to completely block access to much of the global internet, by banning the use of VPNs in the country.
The government has reportedly ordered China's three telecommunications companies to completely block access to virtual private networks, or VPNs, by February 2018. The three internet providers, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, are all state-owned.
China operates the largest internet censorship regime in the world, known as the Great Firewall. Beijing runs a huge online censorship programme which deletes content that criticises the ruling Communist Party or its policies, while an online "50 cent army" are paid to post pro-government comments.
Millions of Chinese users use VPNs as a way of bypassing widespread online censorship that blocks services such as Facebook and Twitter as well as many Western news websites.
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