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This article was published on May 14, 2019


This tool lets you check if a website is blocked in China

This tool lets you check if a website is blocked in China
Már Másson Maack
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Már Másson Maack

Editor, Growth Quarters by TNW

Már tries to juggle his editorial duties with writing the occasional weird article. He also loves talking about himself in the third person. Már tries to juggle his editorial duties with writing the occasional weird article. He also loves talking about himself in the third person.

China‘s Great Firewall just got higher as Wikipedia has been added to Beijing’s no-no list. The government hasn’t explained why it’s blocking the free online encyclopedia, but frankly it’s not surprising. Shutting down a platform that has endless information makes sense if the mere presence of Winnie the Pooh was too much for President Xi Jinping and his crew to handle.

But what other websites are currently blocked? Well, that’s where Comparitech’s tool comes in. You can use it to see whether a certain domain has been blocked in China, and in which areas of the country it’s currently unavailable. Obviously, Facebook is one of the banned sites, but TNW works — woohoo!

Hello to all our Chinese readers! Hope we don’t get blocked by your government.

Unfortunately, the tool doesn’t work for more precise URLs, but I’m wouldn’t be surprised if this particular article I wrote is banned because of the featured image I made for it (spoiler alert: it has Winnie the Pooh in it).

Anyways, have fun checking what’s blocked and what’s not by China‘s Great Firewall, and let us know if you find anything weird.

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