Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How to unblock Twitter in China?

China is practicing a censorship policy on the web that causes the blocking of many foreign sites, including Twitter. We will explain how to go on Twitter when you are in China for your vacation, business or expatriation.

Censorship of the web in China

People who currently reside or have traveled know that the Internet has particular problems. Indeed, the Internet in China is very active and is full of sites and services little known in the West. However, the Chinese web has been the victim of the government's censorship policy for several years. Therefore, an impressive list of foreign sites including Twitter, Facebook and Youtube are theoretically impossible to consult in this country. This censorship can amount to retaliation against foreign companies. Some scholars from China say that censorship is aimed at avoiding social revolts carried by social networks, as happened during the Arab Spring.

By attempting to access Twitter from China, you will receive an error message on your device stating "Access is not possible, your request has been blocked by the Great Firewall". This means that your ISP obeys official orders that block access to different websites. You are unable to go to Twitter. Fortunately, there is a way around this blockage.


Using a VPN to access Twitter in China

In order to block your access to Twitter, the internet service provider performs two checks. It checks your IP address to find out if you are on Chinese territory and it consults the list of blocked sites on government order. If your IP address is not Chinese, you can access your account.

The solution is to hide your actual IP address and replace it with another located in a country of your choice (outside China). This is what VPN technology offers. A VPN like FlyVPN offers a wide choice of servers located all over the world; including USA VPN. You will be able to bypass the censorship and access Twitter without worry.

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