Articles on pro-democracy protests had long been inaccessible but it is a total shutdown now
Authorities in China have blocked Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia’s owner said on Wednesday.
“In April, the Wikimedia Foundation determined that Wikipedia was no longer accessible in China,” Samantha Lien, spokeswoman for the Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia, said in a email.
“After closely analyzing our internal traffic reports, we can confirm Wikipedia is blocked across all language versions,” Ms. Lien said.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites have long been blocked in China. Individual Wikipedia articles about sensitive issues, such as the pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and Tibet, have long been blocked in China, however, even while the main site was accessible. Suspicion of a total block on Wikipedia surfaced in late April when some Chinese Internet users took to social media to complain that the site was no longer accessible.