The world’s most popular reference site is now completely off-limits to users in China.
While the Chinese-version of Wikipedia was previously banned to internet users, in late April the Chinese government banned access to the site across all languages.
Wikipedia joins an ever-growing list of sites that are blocked in China. Sites and platforms like Facebook, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube are all also banned and can only be accessed via a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Previously, the Chinese government had censored only specific Wikipedia pages that it deemed to be sensitive. This long list included the entries on the Tiananmen Square Protests, Tibetan unrest, World War II, Bitcoin, America, and the BonesTV show.
China is hardly the first nation to stamp out its citizens’ Wiki access. Turkey and Venezuela also have complete, all-language blocks enacted on the site.
Other countries like Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Syria have at one point or another blocked access to the site or to specific pages.