China blocks Instagram as democracy protests sweep Hong Kong
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Tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators filled the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding the scrapping of a rule that the Chinese government will vet Hong Kong’s leader in the 2017 poll

Tech in Asia

Web users in China are waking up to find that Instagram is now blocked in the country. Both the Instagram app and the website now fail to load, as verified by Tech in Asia and numerous concerned tweets about the blockage on Twitter.

Instagram’s block in China is likely due to the ongoing democracy reform protests in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators filled the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding the scrapping of a rule that the Chinese government will vet Hong Kong’s leader in the 2017 poll.

Many at the protests are using Twitter and Facebook to show the scale of the protests across several parts of the city and document local police using tear gas against the unarmed crowds. A number of protesters and eyewitnesses are also using Instagram. The Facebook-owned photo app had 6,985 images tagged with #OccupyCentral at the time of reporting.

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China’s web censorship does not extend to Hong Kong.

News of the Hong Kong protests is also being scrubbed from other sites in China, such as Baidu’s search results and the Twitter-esque Sina Weibo.

Instagram joins a very long list of major web services blocked in China, including Twitter, Facebook, and Google’s search engine.

Editing by Terence Lee

This post was originally published on Tech in Asia

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