Social media is a powerful tool that has the power to connect people. It can be used for good or bad, but one thing is clear-it will play an important role in shaping our future. The question remains: how will it shape ours? For better or worse? With more freedom or less? That’s what this article tries to answer.
It’s no secret that China has some of the strictest internet censorship laws in the world. In fact, China blocks social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as Google search engine results, which means you can’t access them unless you use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service to go around these restrictions.
But why would they do this? What are their motivations? What is the result of their actions? Will we see a change in the future?
What are their motivations?
The motivations for this block are relatively innocent. China is trying to maintain its culture and make sure it stays alive.
If they didn’t implement these strict laws, and everyone and anyone could access these sites without much trouble, then that would dilute or eliminate their culture as we know it now.
Having social media run rampant would mean that Chinese social media would be overrun by Western influences.
Sure, Chinese people can still post things online-but only if they abide by the law and don’t go against anything major (like defaming others or spreading fake news). While people might think not having access to looks bad, China is trying to protect its culture from being overrun by American propaganda.
However, it isn’t that simple. There’s a lot of factors that go into this equation-and not all of them are innocent or harmless. China is notorious for censorship and suppression of its own people under the guise of protection-which begs the question: Is any government justified in blocking social media sites?
What is the result of their actions?
The idea looks good on paper but as with many things, there’s more than meets the eye. In fact, these blocks have side effects which tend to be either bad or extremely bad. Sometimes it does help those who tend to control everything about what people can and can’t say online (aka the Government). However, this often backfires because people usually find ways to go around the restrictions.
Take, for example, the VPN service. This is a way that people can use to access blocked sites like social media and Google (which has been banned in China since 2010). However, the government does what it can to stop this practice by blocking websites that sell or advertise VPN services-and then they arrest those who continue using them because they’re breaking the law by doing so.
Plus, this control of information goes against freedom of speech rights which are supposed to be universal for every human being on Earth (even if some countries don’t recognize them or think of them as “western propaganda”). There needs to be more of an effort done to keep everyone informed of their rights online-not less!
Will we see a change in the future?
That’s why there needs to be a change in the future. Everyone deserves access to the internet and should have freedom of speech even if it goes against their government.
This is especially true for China, where they seem to think that everything should be monitored online (which does not bode well for anyone).
How can people prosper when their basic rights are being taken away from them? Change definitely needs to happen here because this censorship is just getting out of hand.