Social Media in China

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SocialMedia in China

SocialMedia in China

Socialmedia in the recent years has been a source of information to a widerange of people all over the world. It allows people to create,share, exchange information, ideas, pictures and even videos. Socialmedia accounts such as Facebook, twitter,instagram, Snapchat, goggleand You Tube are being used by people today to create highlyinteractive platforms discuss and modify user generated information.

Inthe recent times, China has made great efforts in shutting downsocial media accounts. This is due to the very many disadvantagesthat these networks are being associated with in this country. One ofthe reasons for the shutdown is the violation of the country’s law(Mei, Jakubowicz, &amp Cao, 2014). Many people have turned tosocial media to publish political news without a permit and alsopublish harmful information online. This information is likely tocause chaos and conflicts in the country thus creating division amongthe citizens of this country. This violates the law of the countryand it thus has to close these networks to preserve stability.

Somewebsites have been closed due to spreading of rumors, illegal anddestructive information that is making people live in fear in thecountry (Howard, 2010). This is after the political instability thatwas experienced in the country after one of its most charismaticpolitician lost in an election. The social networks spurred someinformation that there was likely to be a coup attempt in thecountry. As a result, the government decided to shut off thecommenting services for some time and people were only allowed topost and not comment on other people’s posts. This was meant toavoid transmission of inaccurate information that would make manycitizens live in fear for their safety.

Pornographyis also another issue that has led to the closure of social networksin the country. It has a negative effect on the young children belowthe age of 18 years as it exposes them to immorality. In an attemptto reduce the instances of exposing the minors to pornographicmaterials, the Chinese government launched an anti-pornographycampaign that led to the closure of about 1.8 million socialnetworking accounts and instant messaging services that wereviolating the laws on pornographic materials (Herring, 2015). Thecyberspace watch dog has a responsibility of looking into thesenetworks and publishes a blacklist of all violators of the law andlater closes the networks.

Thehigh population in the country is also a menace to the governance ofthe country. Almost 360 million of the citizens of China are activeonline. Facebook was first blocked in China in year 2009 after it wasperceived that the activists were using the platform to communicate,plot and plan riots in the country. Thus with the so many online,destructive information could be easily spread throughout thecountry. The leading government thus took to controlling the socialmedia platforms by even deleting those posts and websites that couldeasily cause chaos in the country.

TheChinese government is also closing the social network because itwants more control over the services. The government wants to havecontrol over what is being aired for the public to see. Thegovernment finds its difficult operating in its traditional secrecybecause of the explosion of the internet and mobile phones use in thecountry that has led to rapid exposure of the information. Sensitivewords are thus easily blocked by China’s internet censors whofilter out all sensitive subjects that may cause instability.

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