Tiananmen Sweeps Twitter as Chinese Thwart Ban

'Tiananmen' becomes one of site's most-discussed topics as users turn to proxies
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2009 7:20 AM CDT
Tiananmen Sweeps Twitter as Chinese Thwart Ban
A man uses his laptop to take a picture of himself in front of the Tiananmen gate in Beijing, China last week.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

(Newser) – China's blocking of Twitter ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre last week didn't foil the country's computer-savvy youth for very long, the BBC reports. Users swiftly shared information about visiting the site through proxies or software applications, and the subsequent twittering made Tiananmen one of Twitter's most-discussed topics last week.

Twitter and other social networking sites remained blocked for days after the anniversary, annoying even users with no interest in politics. "Entrepreneurs and technical experts too need to exchange ideas with their peers on social networking sites," one Beijing businessman said." For example, because blogspot is blocked, one of my business blogs is not accessible in China. This is not helping China become a technology innovator." (Read more Tiananmen Square stories.)

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