Plenty of news reports are surfacing Monday which suggest the Chinese government may have blocked Instagram following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
The BBC, Reuters, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg and many other western news organizations are reporting the black out as Hong Kong protests met with stiff resistance from Hong Kong police who reportedly answered the protests with tear gas.
Plenty of images appear online of obvious tear gas attacks on the protesters.
It’s also been reported that protest messages on Weibo, a Chinese site similar to Twitter have been blocked.
The website, BlockedinChina, shows Instagram has been blocked in Beijing, Shenzen, Inner Mongolia and the provinces of Heilongjiang and Yunnan. The Chinese site, GreatFire.org, says the western press was very slow to report the censorship fearing retaliation from the Chinese government.
The site, Tech in Asia, reports protesters have moved to using FireChat, based on the Open Garden platform, which utilizes an impromptu system of mesh networks based on WiFi and Bluetooth linkages between individual phone and is, so far, essentially unblockable by governments.
Rallying under the hashtag, #OccupyCentral, images of the protests are available in the west and Instagram told the Wall Street Journal it is “looking into” the allegations of censorship.
Yahoo ends that which started it.
Buried amid news that ended last week was the announcement from Yahoo that it is deleting at year’s end the very product that started the company – the Yahoo directory.
“Yahoo was started nearly 20 years ago as a directory of websites that helped users explore the Internet,” explains the Yahoo blog. “While we are still committed to connecting users with the information they’re passionate about, our business has evolved and at the end of 2014 (December 31), we will retire the Yahoo Directory. Advertisers will be upgraded to a new service; more details to be communicated directly.”
It may already be gone. Can’t seem to pull it up today. Ah, well, in Internet world we move on.