Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Jinan Police: "Not Convenient" to Disclose Whether Facebook is Banned

On November 22, 2012, the state-sponsored Global Times published an article entitled "Jinan Police Deny Issuing Warning: Logging On to Facebook Will Lead To Internet Being Cut Off" (济南警方否认发警告:登录facebook将断网). An excerpt:
The Alleged Notice
Yesterday at 6:00 pm, an Internet user named "Keso" posted an image on his Tencent Weibo account. The image content was a "Police Warning" with the seal of the "Jinan Internet Inspection Brigade" stating: "We have recently noticed that some evening employees have been logging onto illegal websites (facebook, twitter, myspace, etc) and noticed they are losing Internet access and calling the police. In order to cooperate with the police's real name registration system, we have decided that from today onward we will start to implement PPPOE real name registration accounts to go online." Last night the Jinan Public Security Internet Police Detatchment refuted this rumor to a Southern Metropolitan Daily reporter, saying that the "warning" was not issued by the police.
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As to whether the police have determined that facebook and other websites are banned websites, the Jinan Public Security Internet Police Detatchment said it was not convenient to reveal such information.
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