China Human Rights

Foreign Social-Networking Software Banned as China Tightens Censorship

People take pictures at a news conference for the introduction of the software Instagram Direct on Dec. 12, 2013 in New York City. On July 10 in China Instagram products and other Western social-networking software products were banned in China in an attempt to strengthen censorship. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People take pictures at a news conference for the introduction of the software Instagram Direct on Dec. 12, 2013 in New York City. On July 10 in China Instagram products and other Western social-networking software products were banned in China in an attempt to strengthen censorship. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Chinese Central Propaganda Department has banned the downloading of all foreign social-networking products. Previously downloadable social-networking products have also been blocked on a large...

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