Social Site Usage Grows in China Despite Government Block

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Facebook and Twitter are experiencing growth in China, although the country imposes blocks on such web presences.

According to recent statistics unveiled by globalwebindex on Thursday, the two social sites were being accessed more so often due to users’ reliance on virtual private networks, virtual cloud networks and other means. China routinely filters web access to its citizens through what many called the “Great Firewall.”

“We routinely come across the argument that these sites are blocked in China, and therefore, our figures cannot possibly be correct. However, it only takes a little bit of desk research to discover that what is called the “Great Firewall” is actually much more porous than the Chinese government would like to admit,” said the company.

Tracking showed that users for Facebook had grown from 7.9 million to 63.52 million users in the country since July of 2009. Twitter, meanwhile, also showed significant user growth, elevating from 11.8 million to 35 million within the same period.

Other sites blocked by the country include YouTube and WordPress.com. Globalwebindex also tracked usage for other social sites including Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

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