China’s online population is about 751 million, and its online activity is highly restricted. Some of the numerous sites to which access is restricted include Facebook, Google, the New York Times, and YouTube. The Tiananmen Square student protests of 1989 received minimal coverage. For a while, even Winnie the Pooh was banned.
To maintain control of such a massive universe of online content, China uses the world’s largest censorship system, fittingly referred to as the Great Firewall of China. It’s a collaboration between state monitors and China’s telecommunication companies, which are forced to implement rules set by the Chinese government.
The effects of the system are felt far beyond China, which appears to have paved the way for other oppressive governments to follow suit.