Instagram reportedly blocked in mainland China as protests in Hong Kong intensify

Hong Kong’s Central business district is currently in the midst of a massive pro-Democracy protest, and the Chinese government appears to be doing all it can to prevent images of the demonstrations from reaching the mainland. Reports suggest that China has blocked access to Instagram in the Chinese mainland. The site was one of a scarce few social networks that had avoided the attention of China’s censors, but as photos of the protests flooded the image sharing service under the hashtag #OccupyCentral, it seems the government decided to pull the plug. Website monitoring services blockedinchina.net and greatfire.org both indicate that mainland China cannot access Instagram.

Notably, a block from Beijing does not mean that Hong Kong has…

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