The Great Firewall of China has sparked numerous debates since its inception. While this artificial blockade is most commonly used to prevent the spreading of misinformation, it is also a clear example of online censorship. In a new move, the Great Firewall has begun blocking foreign news sites, which raises a lot of questions.
Over the past few years, several dozen websites have fallen victim to China’s Great Firewall. It is a public secret the Chinese government wants to control which information users can access at all times. Several efforts have been launched to bypass this blockade, primarily through VPNs. However, it is now illegal to offer VPN services unless one is officially licensed by the government. Even then, not all of the internet is accessible, for obvious reasons.