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Wikipedia Is Now Banned in China in All Languages
China has expanded its ban on Wikipedia to block the community-edited online encyclopedia in all available languages, the BBC reports.

An earlier enforced ban barred Internet users from viewing the Chinese version, as well as the pages for sensitive search terms such as Dalai Lama and the Tiananmen massacre.

According to Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), an internet censorship research group, the block has been in place since late April.

The Wikimedia foundation said in a statement that it did not receive any notice of the censorship.

Wikipedia joins a growing list of websites that cannot be accessed in China, which in recent years has tightened its grip on access to information online. Google, Facebook and LinkedIn are among the sites already banned, forcing Internet users to use virtual private networks, or VPN, to bypass what has become known as the “Great Firewall” of China.

Reporters Without Border’s 2019 World Press Freedom index ranks China at 177 on a list of 180 countries analyzed. According to a separate study conducted by the watchdog group, China is not just issuing censorships locally, but is also attempting to infiltrate foreign media in an attempt to deter criticism and spread propaganda.

Wikipedia is also blocked in Turkey.
That sucks. The smart and tech savvy Chinese people will use VPNs, but they were never the target of propaganda to begin with. A significant portion of the population will continue to eat up China’s propaganda as fact.
 

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That sucks. The smart and tech savvy Chinese people will use VPNs, but they were never the target of propaganda to begin with. A significant portion of the population will continue to eat up China’s propaganda as fact.
To some extent that's a choice they're making, and I could see why they're making it even if I can't really relate.
 

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Assuming you're referring to the political slant of Wikipedia's editors, I'd say that depends upon what you're looking up. If you're looking up something apolitical, like molecular structure or rocket science, you aren't likely to find politics inserted into it. On the other hand, if you're looking up Donald Trump, then you'll find a political slant (putting it very, very mildly.)
 

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Assuming you're referring to the political slant of Wikipedia's editors, I'd say that depends upon what you're looking up. If you're looking up something apolitical, like molecular structure or rocket science, you aren't likely to find politics inserted into it. On the other hand, if you're looking up Donald Trump, then you'll find a political slant (putting it very, very mildly.)
Also the fact that there will be less Chinese Communist Party Bugmen plaguing everything China related on the wiki.

Honestly though, Wikipedia is the lowest forum for internet knowledge. It doesn't tend to explain shit well, and when it does it tends to be unverified.
 

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Also the fact that there will be less Chinese Communist Party Bugmen plaguing everything China related on the wiki.

Honestly though, Wikipedia is the lowest forum for internet knowledge. It doesn't tend to explain shit well, and when it does it tends to be unverified.
It used to make an ok jumping-off spot for following citation links and then I guess they decided they didn't need to pick decent sources anymore for certain subjects and that kind of fell off a fucking cliff.
 

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I'm puzzled it wasn't already.
I'm inclined to think the Chinese government decided it wasn't worth it to lean on Wikipedia to self-censor to a Party-Approved state because of the ever-present possibility of an "article vandal" sneaking through and putting inconvenient shit in every now and then. I anticipate Chinkapedia being a thing within a year.
 

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I'm inclined to think the Chinese government decided it wasn't worth it to lean on Wikipedia to self-censor to a Party-Approved state because of the ever-present possibility of an "article vandal" sneaking through and putting inconvenient shit in every now and then. I anticipate Chinkapedia being a thing within a year.
Wanted to go check if such a thing existed already and got some good laughs.
 
So... This really means Google is building them their own party approved Wikipedia right? It doesn't seem right, the Chinese getting fucked by their government and Google doesn't get a piece when they work so hard to push their propoganda.
 
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