Websites Suddenly Blocked in China? This may be Why -UPDATED
UPDATE: The Great FireWall of China website is no longer offering a test, since the test is no longer reliable.
There is another site you can try to see if your site is blocked: Website Test
Got a question below about what to do about it, from a webhost provider, the only idea I have is for the provider to check out the sites being hosted, and check your site's keywords.
One reporter allegedly, and incorrectly, IDed the Virginia Tech shooter as a Chinese with a Shanghai visa.
Many web links to outside news of the shooting were blocked to limit subsequent details from reaching China.
...only one — journalist in the U.S. identified the killer publicly and quickly as a student from China who had recently been given his visa in Shanghai. During the long night after the shooting U.S. time, which was daytime Tuesday in China, that report was picked up — surprise! — by Fox news and a few smaller U.S. outlets, and, via web news sites, it quickly made its way to China.
Some websites found themselves suddenly blocked in China. Like mine, The only reason I can figure out is my link on my blog to NowPublic.com with its breaking news, though I did not see any stories on Now Public with any reports from that source.
This is why it is so important to check your sources. Drill down, go to the original stories, the actual sources, make sure you are reporting correctly, not just someone's 'interesting' post on a blog.
Yes, it takes time, even on breaking news, this is still important, as rumors fly and are sometimes totally unfounded.
Don't be a 'party-circuit' reporter.
See the reports about this issue: The Great Wall of China (Try googling for 'blocked sites' or 'blocked sites in China')
Just checked on NowPublic.com, and, though it was blocked in China for a while it is now available. Good job, Now Public. (This may no longer be true, as there have been many stories here about Tibet, etc.)
Test your own sites at Great Wall of China Test site ( this site no longer has an operational test)
An interesting sidebar to this story is how many countries actually do website blocking: one prominent one: Saudi Arabia)