China blocks all language editions of Wikipedia

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  • China has broadened its block of online encyclopedia Wikipedia to include all language editions.
  • According to a report by the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), China started blocking all language editions of Wikipedia last month.


  • Previously, most editions of Wikipedia — besides the Chinese language version, which was reportedly blocked in 2015 — were available.
  • China’s online censorship apparatus — dubbed the ‘Great Firewall’ — blocks a large number of foreign sites in the country, such as Google, Facebook and The New York Times. Topics that are deemed too sensitive are also scrubbed.
  • In November, China had removed over nine thousand accounts on Chinese social media platforms like messaging app WeChat and the Twitter-like Weibo that it accused of spreading politically harmful information and rumours.
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