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Chinese Bloggers Mock US' SOPA Outrage

Even as some say they support the protesters
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2012 11:52 AM CST
Chinese Bloggers Mock US' SOPA Outrage
In this Tuesday Nov. 9, 2010 photo, a Google employee is seen behind a banner which reads "Anti Google" displayed outside the Google's office during a protest in Shanghai, China.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Chinese Internet users were just a wee bit amused by American protests over the Stop Online Privacy Act. "Don't understand the hoopla over Wikipedia blackout in the US today," one microblogger wrote, according to the LA Times. "We blacked it out here years ago. Where are OUR hugs?" Another blogger observed that "Only an American company could protest the way Wikipedia or Google has [to deal with] the government. A Chinese company would never get away with that."

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In general, the attitude in China is that Americans couldn't handle 10 minutes behind the so-called "Great Firewall of China," noting that even if SOPA passed, it would be more transparent than the arcane dictums of the Chinese government. "It is hard for people in the US to understand Internet censorship in China," said one blogger. "There's no comparison." Still, he supports the activists fighting SOPA; after all, the Great Firewall was originally billed as a means of blocking piracy and porn. (Read more China stories.)

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