China's Fake Facebooks

Friday, February 03, 2012


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Facebook is blocked in China –but that hasn’t prevented homegrown Facebook knock-off sites from sprouting. And even on China’s fake Facebooks,  real conversations about politics and culture are occurring every day. Jeremy Goldkorn, who monitors Chinese media at his website, talks to Bob about life on China's fake Facebooks.

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Right now, Facebook is blocked in China –but that hasn’t prevented Facebook-like social media from surfacing. 

And even on China’s fake Facebooks – real conversations about real things have occurred. They have been made possible, in part, because of the protective anonymity of the Internet. Recently, though, the Chinese government has taken Zuckerbergian steps to force users to register to use the sites, making themselves known, if not to everyone, than at least to the government. Jeremy Goldkorn, monitors Chinese Media on his website danwei dot com. He says Facebook and Twitter were blocked in China because of street protests, both within China, and also very far away.

Comments [2]


Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren't loading correctly. I'm
not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
I've tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

Mar. 07 2013 06:07 AM
Diepiriye from Northampton, UK (American)

Hmm, not surprised that I cannot log onto this site using my FB profile :-). Don't THE PEOPLE in China want some form of democracy? Doesn't the proliferation of social media and networking itself demonstrate a form of democratic community building- with all the pull and tug of the people against the machine (including this broadcast). The ethos of FB is clearly desired throughout the world for sometimes widely different reasons. I do think that the rise of protestor around the globe demonstrates this democratic awakening, and so much of that literally happened through FB in its role in inter-connecting humanity in ever more tangible & emotive ways. FB is a way for people to express their humanity. Taken all this together, the human inter-connectedness, and the rise of democratic demands on behalf of THE PEOPLE from the Tunisian vegetable seller and the American Occupier, those who occupy Egypt, but as your sow also reminds us- THE PEOPLE in China...who engage in some form of social media. That number is spreading.

Feb. 05 2012 07:20 AM

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