criticism of the government, and the spread of "rumors", calls for demonstrations: The Chinese surveillance state regulated for years, what is published in social media and what not. And he continued this course of action apparently also with this novel Coronavirus. A study by researchers at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto in Canada shows that: China has deleted on the social networks shortly after the first warnings to the Coronavirus at the end of December news – "rumors" according to earlier statements by the authorities.
the researchers Investigated the popular Instant messaging service Wechat, as well as the live streaming service YY. In both the developers have built-in mechanisms, which certain words or word combinations are automatically censored, either as a Code in the App or via the Server. So for instance messages with the words "Virus" and "infected had been kept until the beginning of February," aimed back. Also, the Name of the Chinese President Xi Jinping or other government officials in connection with criticism of their approach against the Virus had fallen victim to the censor. As the researchers write on their Website, the developers of Wechat in February and placed hundreds of word combinations on the black list, after more and more by the novel Coronavirus were affected.
Previous research by the Citizen Lab had shown, the pressure from the state are exposed to the Chinese software developer. Pressure, critical or sensitive data from the Public to keep away, to avoid sanctions. However, it is unclear what instructions had been given to the developer by the government, the authors write. Sure is according to the results, however, that the state had a relatively pronounced early restrictions: "Our investigation suggests that the company had already received in December, official guidelines, as the spread of the Virus became public," the researchers from the University of Toronto.
to be censored As many of the word combinations today, is unclear. The authors of the study assume, however, that both YY as well as Wechat have weakened with the spread of the Virus, the censorship. (sho)
Created: 05.03.2020, 11:49 PMUpdated Date: 05 March 2020, 13:01