Just days before the 20th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party, there were reports that anti-censorship tools had been blocked in the country.
The South China Morning Post citing censorship monitoring group Great Firewall Report said that over 100 users reported their servers hosting anti-censorship tools had been blocked.
These tools allow domestic internet users to bypass China’s Great Firewall to access censorship content from foreign websites that the regime does not want its Chinese people to visit.
The group told the South China Morning Post, “This new blocking coincides with the most politically sensitive weeks in China.”
It added, “The first three weeks of October 2022 are expected to be the most politically sensitive time.”
The move is seen as the regime’s latest crackdown on internet content.
It is common for China to increase heavy censorship during the countries’ politically sensitive times, such as ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4.
Experts said China uses internet censorship for social control, sensitive content, and economic protectionism.
The Chinese regime set up a sophisticated internet censorship system called the Great Firewall of China to block selected foreign websites and monitor domestic websites and other purposes.
The regime blocks and hides facts and verified information on such topics as Falun Gong, Tiananmen Square Massacre or Tibetan Independence, and any topic that can undermine its power.
The regime relies on the Great Firewall of China to block access to overseas websites and exploits the system to monitor domestic websites, email, and search for politically sensitive language.
Major websites, like Google, Youtube, Facebook, and Wikipedia, among others, can not be accessed from China.