China Censors Bloomberg.com Over Xi Jinping Story

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The country of China is at it again, further blocking online web presences from access by common citizens. On Friday, the BBC reported that officials in the country had blocked Bloomberg.com and its related websites. Bloomberg is a popular U.S.-based news source.

The incident wasn’t random and reportedly came after the website published a story on Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, a politician widely assumed to take the role of president following incumbent President Hu Jintao’s upcoming departure from office. The BBC noted that Bloomberg believed the article was the cause for the website’s inaccessibility.

The Bloomberg news story titled “Xi Jinping Millionaire Relations Reveal Fortunes Of Elite” went into detail regarding Jingping and his family’s financial assets.

China is widely known for its strict web standards. Previous websites to be blocked in the country have included YouTube, Vimeo, WordPress.com and Facebook. Earlier this month, the BBC reported that the country had blocked some internet search results related to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests around the event’s 23rd anniversary.

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