Despite banning Twitter, 92% of China Netizens use Social Media. According to a recent report, Chinese netizens are twice as likely to use chat and three times more likely to micro-blog, blog and use video conference than Americans users. The Netpop Research study shows that mainland Chinese citizens are “more likely to share information Broadly and openly”. This comes as a surprise as the country’s censorship has been such a topic of contention. Nevertheless, the study estimates that up to 92% of Chinese netizens use social media, meanwhile, only 76% of US netizens do the same.

The UN has agreed that to take away Internet access from a group of people is now against international law. This is due to the fact that, “unlike any other medium of communication, such as radio, television and printed publications based on one-way transmission of information, the Internet represents a leap forward as an interactive Medium… individuals are no longer passive recipients, but also active publishers of information.”

Knowing that UN has intervened in the issue of social media, do you think, that social media is used more to receive information or to publish information?


3 thoughts on “united-nations-says-blocking-internet-access-is-a-human-rights-violation

  1. I think its used as both equally, and I am strongly against censorship on such a medium where one can easily select to filter a publisher if one desires to. It would be interesting to see how the Chinese use social media if there ever is any kind of major uprising. Even people in maximum security prisons have found ways to communicate with each other despite strong censorship. It would be pretty simple to develop similar systems to use on social networks that are government controlled. Trying to deny people from the power of social is a tactic that is bound to fail, and likely pretty quickly.

  2. Social media is used to receive as well as publish information. Connectivity and word of mouth is key to social media longevity and in this particular case, putting restrictions on groups of people as well as the intended use of social media seems like certain civil rights are in fact being violated. China is a different animal for the simple fact that the Chinese government is communist and not democratic. With that said, I do not believe social media will carry the necessary weight to invoke an uprising that would eventually change censorship in mainland China. A far greater effort will need to take place to change that governmental body. However, social media could be viewed as another reason as to why censorship in such places of the world need to come to an end.

  3. I think both ways too.

    I have peeked into chinese version of facebook, but there are many information that will never go public…of course, government takes action for those, but it spreads so quickly that is out of control.
    for example, my friend’s classmate was beaten to death on a train, but it was reported as “suicide” instead of murder. this happened because police officers were bribed and local gov’t didn’t want the public to know about it.
    we only know this information because this student’s parents posted that on social media (they’re still fighting)

    after uprising in Egypt, chinese netizens gathered up in Shanghai and Beijing on Feb20 and 27, both broken down by the military police. I feel that social media is helping people be better informed. the effect is so strong that (i think) it will eventually overpower the censorship.
    younger generation in China knows much better about the rest of the world, compared to older people.

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