Pinterest has become the latest social media website to be blocked by China. With the ban, Pinterest has joined Facebook, Twitter, Google, and many websites to be blocked in the Asian giant, TechCrunch reported. However, there is no official word, yet the fact that photo-sharing site has been inaccessible in China for a week now suggests that it has been officially censored in the country. Another possibility is that the site may be temporarily blocked by the ‘Great Fire Wall’- China’s internet censorship system. TechCrunch in its report quoted data from censorship monitoring organization GreatFire. The monitoring organisation keeps a check of internet’s top websites for accessibility in China on a regular basis. It was GreatFire’s system which observed that Pinterest.com has been unavailable in China for the past seven days. Pinterest is a website which targets a person’s interest and notifies him data based upon it.
It remains questionable that why a website which is used for sharing images of animals, wedding dresses, recipes would be targeted banned by the Chinese government. Earlier in July 2016, China’s internet regulator had said that it will launch a crackdown on the reporting of news gathered from social media. At that time the government had termed the campaign against fake news and the spreading of rumours.
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In a statement , the Cyberspace Administration of China had said that online media cannot report any news taken from social media sites without approval. The Chinese government had forbidden to use hearsay to create news or use conjecture and imagination to distort the facts. “All levels of the cyberspace administration must earnestly fulfil their management responsibility for internet content, strengthen supervision and investigation, severely probe and handle fake and nonfactual news,” the Chinese regulator had said. Chinese officials have always argued that internet restrictions, including the blocking of popular foreign sites like Google and Facebook, are needed to ensure security in the face of rising threats, such as terrorism, and stop the spread of damaging rumours.