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China is increasing its Internet censorship, and we're sharing a timeline of events leading up to the current state of Internet censorship in China.

The Great Firewall Gets Stronger: China Ramps Up Internet Censorship in 2017

China has been increasing Internet censorship over a period of years, and although the country has implemented blocks and one-off censorship events in the past it feels different this time. The events occurring, and the rapid succession in which they’re occurring, indicates the…

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Apple Removes VyprVPN and Other Major VPN Apps From China App Store

We received notification from Apple today, July 28, 2017 at 10:53PM CST, that the VyprVPN iOS app “will be removed from the China App Store because it includes content that is illegal in China for legal reasons.” Early research and news reports indicate…

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VyprVPN Up and Running Again In China, Despite Aggressive VPN Blocking by Government

The Chinese government has been aggressively blocking multiple VPN providers, both foreign and domestic, from operating within the country over the past 48 hours. We wanted to let our VyprVPN users know we’ve found workarounds to these blocks, and VyprVPN is 100% back up and running in…

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China Announces Full VPN Ban in 2018, But VyprVPN Remains Accessible

Alarming, albeit unsurprising, news out of China today as the Chinese government announces a full-on VPN ban to take effect early next year. The government ordered the three largest, state-owned telecoms – China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom – to completely block access to…

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Barriers to Business: Overcoming Internet Obstacles in China

Today’s business environment is global by nature. Many companies run multinational offices in countries around the world, while many others offer services to a global user base. In this international marketplace China poses specific challenges to business because of the country’s strong censorship…

China Expands Social Media Censorship, Blocks Pinterest

China Expands Social Media Censorship, Blocks Pinterest

China’s censorship under the Great Firewall increased yet again last week when the country added Pinterest to its list of blocked sites. Pinterest is a social media site that allows users to share images of things they like, which are dubbed “pins.” As…

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VPNs Illegal in China? Bad News for Business

The Internet is abuzz with news that VPNs, or virtual private networks, are now illegal in China. While there’s much alarm that the latest crackdown severely restricts Internet freedoms and increases censorship, the new regulations also have implications for businesses operating in and…

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China Finally Asserts that VPNs are Illegal, but VyprVPN Remains Accessible

China Finally Asserts VPNs Are Illegal The Chinese government has finally come out and said it: VPN services are not allowed without authorization. These updated Chinese regulations effectively outlaw VPNs within China after years of sporadic VPN blocking and degradation by the Great…

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China Strengthens Great Firewall, Requires Registration of Domain Names, Censorship of Mobile Apps

News broke this week that the Chinese government is further increasing its control of the Internet in the country, tightening an already-iron grip. China strictly censors and restricts the Internet via a mechanism called the Great Firewall. With newly-proposed regulations, they will increase…

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Facebook Reportedly Working on Censorship Tool for Use In China

Last week, it was reported that Facebook is working on a way to enter the market in China – where it is currently banned. China has censored Facebook, along with many other websites and social media sites as part of its censorship under the…