China Blocks Pinterest

Pinterest, a web and mobile application company that operates a photo sharing website, is the latest social media platform, following Facebook, Twitter and many others, to be blocked in China. Though The Great Fire Wall, China’s Internet censorship system, is prone to glitches, the fact that Pinterest has been unavailable in China for longer than a week is not positive news. Many are asking why the website, which is known for sharing innocent images of food, stylish outfits and animals, would be deemed inappropriate by Chinese censors. It remains unclear why Pinterest has been blocked, but many believe it may be related to “two sessions,” the annual gathering of China’s governing classes, which is currently taking place in Beijing and puts the government on high alert for potential problems.

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