The coronavirus Covid-19 has the potential to reach the whole world, but China continues to be a major area of the spread of the virus. It is for this reason that the chinese government may be attempting to mitigate the damage, only that it is a very controversial: to monitor the sharing of information about the subject on social media.
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The information comes from the Deputy, which stated that the chinese government is “chasing” the citizens in china use social networks and instant messaging services to release information about the coronavirus Covid-19.
The text begins by reporting the case of a mother of a 28-year-old who lives in xi’an and upon arrival in the United States in January for a holiday, she began to worry about the possibility of his / her family members who remained in China, they are not receiving information about the outbreak.
When you use WeChat (instant messaging service very popular in China), to share information about the coronavirus and his family, the businessman began to receive messages from four of his friends, asking for the location of it in the United States.
He has not gone to the location, and, as a result, his contacts began to request that he would come back as soon as possible to China. The entrepreneur believes that her friends have been coerced by the chinese government to put pressure on him to reveal the location as part of an effort to “silence” people who share the same information about the coronavirus.
Even the social networks for foreign are being monitored, such as the Twitter, the service is blocked in China but can be accessed by a Vpn, or the chinese people on international trips.
In the report of the Vice, there is the story of a chinese who posted on Twitter, a criticism of the work time-consuming, the government of China against the spread of coronaviruses, and, a few days later, he was found by the local authorities) who said that the content of the — now removed — he attacked the Communist Party of China.
The chinese government acts with the censorship of the internet is not new. However, with regards to the coronavirus, the context in which it is different from the usual NGO GreatFire.org that monitors online censorship in China, says that chinese officials are recognizing the importance of the information about it will be shared, but at the same time trying to avoid the issue would result in criticism of the government.
“The authorities have been struggling to figure out what should be censored or not”, concludes the non-governmental organization.
Despite the fact that most of the victims of the coronavirus Covid-19 living in the republic of China, the spread of the virus in other countries is progressing. This week, the World Health Organization (who came to warn about the risk of a pandemic.