"Likes" and Law: Safely Using the Internet in China

By Jasmine Chorley Foster

Between 2002-2007, sites like Facebook were permitted in China, but had open/close status. This meant that some big cities (e.g. Shanghai) would have access to the site, but elsewhere it was inaccessible. Despite this status, a burgeoning but limited civil society was developed on Renrenwang and Weibo – the Chinese equivalents of Facebook and Twitter respectively. On chat forums, ordinary people could converse with one another all over the country about politics, philosophy, and current affairs.

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