July 29, 2015
Well, of course, this is the idea of the Chinese government, who instituted censorship on the Internet connections within the country’s territory. If you would ask the people in the country, they probably won’t be too happy about this aspect. But it is very hard to fight against such a powerful current, like the government of China. And with the passing of time, instead of losing up the restriction, Chinese authorities added even more rules. Still, it is very hard to understand, even by its inhabitants, what it right and what is wrong to do whenever surfing on the Internet. The consequences of breaking the rules are also somewhat blurry, and it seems that authorities like it this way since they don’t deposit too much effort in clearing things up.
Very often, when trying to post something on the Chinese web environment, a series of questions may come up in your mind, as it is never certain when you get to cross the line. You start analyzing the possibilities of passing through the government’s filtering system, whether it will be stopped, and consequences will start to appear. If you ended up breaking the rules, a number of things could happen. You post can be deleted, your account can be erased, you can face detention, and even face arrest and conviction, if authorities decide you are a threat. So, how to determine how close you are in breaking the rules?
It appears that getting a name or reputation in the Chinese online environment is not necessarily a good thing. Since you earned many admirers and followers, you are more likely to be watched, more often than the rest. Everything you release out on the web will be closely inspected, so famous persons tend to get more check and risk to deal with the consequences of Internet censorship and adjacent punishments. It is easy to understand that posts regarding political matters are not digested by the government and local authorities. So these will more likely attract a ban or even worse consequences, according to the content. But even the posts that do not contain a political subject, but are likely to stir people up in a nationwide conversation or make people get out on the street, in public manifestations, are also considered to be forbidden.
Still, authorities appreciate if the Internet is used to report corruption actions by its citizens. Thus, if you notice something wrong happening, not only will you have the chance to make it public, but will also have an open line towards the authorities. Of course, small mumbling in the online environment about disappointments in the ruling system, made by users that are not considered to be important, may be disregarded by censors. Thus, they will get away, as they are considered to be a speck in the way of such a large ruling system. So most posts get away without anything to happen. Still, censorship regards mainly debates and social conversations that revolve around the politic sphere. Thus, Chinese people are encouraged to use the internet mainly for entertainment and online shopping or e-commerce than start large social manifestations online.