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China blocks all versions of Wikipedia
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China https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48269608 China

All language editions of Wikipedia have been blocked in mainland China since April, the Wikimedia foundation has confirmed.

Internet censorship researchers found that Wikipedia had joined thousands of other websites which cannot be accessed in China.

The country had previously banned the Chinese language version of the site, but the block has now been expanded.

Wikimedia said it had received "no notice" of the move.

In a statement, the foundation said: "In late April, the Wikimedia Foundation determined that Wikipedia was no longer accessible in China. After closely analysing our internal traffic reports, we can confirm that Wikipedia is currently blocked across all language versions."



I have to admit, I was very surprised it wasn't blocked there! I don't know how many Chinese people would have been able to read the non-Chinese versions without assistance from a translation tool - but then, those are readily available.

Still, not a good move, even if I expect it'll be easy enough to get around.
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Surprised it hadn't already happened.

But oh well, Wikipedia is very biased itself, so they didn't really lose much xD
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(05-16-2019, 12:19 AM)Dust Bowl Wrote: Surprised it hadn't already happened.

But oh well, Wikipedia is very biased itself, so they didn't really lose much xD
No, that’s an exaggeration. Wikipedia is better than its critics think.
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(05-16-2019, 12:35 AM)JHG Wrote:
(05-16-2019, 12:19 AM)Dust Bowl Wrote: Surprised it hadn't already happened.

But oh well, Wikipedia is very biased itself, so they didn't really lose much xD
No, that’s an exaggeration. Wikipedia is better than its critics think.

It depends on the subject, empirical hard science? yeah its decent enough, political/pop culture based? oh its not good at all, its been subverted time and time again party because of Wikipedia's policies on what a notable source is so its hard to get an actual neutral view.

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Well, that's typical of the Chinese government. They like to block everything under the sun.

Suppose this could force all the people there to go to the library instead :P
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(05-16-2019, 12:19 AM)Dust Bowl Wrote: But oh well, Wikipedia is very biased itself, so they didn't really lose much xD
I agree. 

Was pissed when I saw they uncapitalised bird names. *rolls eyes*
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(05-16-2019, 01:14 AM)Lurker101 Wrote:
(05-16-2019, 12:35 AM)JHG Wrote:
(05-16-2019, 12:19 AM)Dust Bowl Wrote: Surprised it hadn't already happened.

But oh well, Wikipedia is very biased itself, so they didn't really lose much xD
No, that’s an exaggeration. Wikipedia is better than its critics think. 

It depends on the subject, empirical hard science? yeah its decent enough, political/pop culture based? oh its not good at all, its been subverted time and time again party because of Wikipedia's policies on what a notable source is so its hard to get an actual neutral view. 

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(05-16-2019, 12:19 AM)Dust Bowl Wrote: But oh well, Wikipedia is very biased itself, so they didn't really lose much xD
I agree. 

Was pissed when I saw they uncapitalised bird names. *rolls eyes* 

But that isn't being biased, that's just an oversight.
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(05-16-2019, 06:28 PM)Crooked Crow Wrote:
(05-16-2019, 09:16 AM)ObsessedwithBirds Wrote:
(05-16-2019, 12:19 AM)Dust Bowl Wrote: But oh well, Wikipedia is very biased itself, so they didn't really lose much xD
I agree. 

Was pissed when I saw they uncapitalised bird names. *rolls eyes*   

But that isn't being biased, that's just an oversight.  
Well, it sucks imo. I remember a long time ago, someone saying that mammal, reptile, insect, etc. names should be capitalised eventually. 

It never came into fruition.
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That's just terrible! China really is out of it's mind at this point. I have a friend, who has always LOVED Chinese culture. She eventually moved there back in 2016, and she loves it. She was going to school there, because she wanted to teach Chinese to English speakers, and vice versa.
But because they banned everything there, I had to use an obscure app called WeChat, to contact her. I wondered about Hong Kong, since it's more free there. But she won't move there, because she said they were rude to another Chinese sect. (I think that's what it was, but I'm not sure. I'm bad at re-telling stories. lol)
Even though she loves it, they've been getting very nationalistic there. She doesn't feel safe there anymore, and it's really sad since she loved it so much. She's thinking of moving to Italy, to go to a college there now.
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