China cracking down on newsy mobile apps for impeding progress, or something

posted at 8:41 pm on September 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

If the the prospect of a potential government shutdown later this evening has got you feeling down, or if perhaps you find yourself lamenting the degree of so-called “dysfunction” that the present budgetary climate has inspired on Capitol Hill, I usually just remember that things could always be worse; we could be living in straight-up communist China, where a big topic currently under discussion by their wildly plutocratic government is how they can further restrict their residents’ access to the world wide web and whether or not to ban certain mobile apps in the pursuit of that oh-so-noble goal. It’s a rough life for a party member, trying to balance the burgeoning opportunities for economic growth with the ever-present problem of maintaining the veneer of Communist superiority. Via Reuters:

China on Monday launched a crackdown on several mobile news applications that provide news information services without approval from government regulators, threatening to shut down those who refuse to “rectify”.

The ruling follows a government campaign to curb “online rumours”, as the government tries to rein in social media.

The State Internet Information Office said that some of the news applications carried “pornography and obscene information and harm the physical and mental health of youngsters”, and others published false information.

Some mobile news applications also provide a channel for subscribers in China to read articles published by foreign media outlets whose articles have been blocked in China, such as the New York Times.

I don’t care much for reading about the government’s shutdown-showdown in the NYT, but at least I have the option, for goodness’ sake.

China’s new president Xi Jinping hasn’t made a secret out of his enthusiasm for Maoist principles and expanding the state’s freedom-crushing bureaucracy; he’s particularly fond of talking out of both sides of his mouth about the horrors of Internet surveillance while actively upping his own game on that front. China can continue to try to control social media while allowing it in limited capacities, but the endeavor took an a “the beating’s will continue until morale improves” flavor a long time ago.


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The Che Guevara tribute in the background tells you everything you need to know about the “new” China. And Americanistas who wear Che Guevara t-shirts.

VastRightWingConspirator on September 30, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Yeah but Freidman says China is leading the way into the future.

Bishop on September 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM

So far, I am not impressed with Xi Jinping. He seems to have as his top priority a massive crackdown on dissent at a time when the Chinese economy is faltering badly.

Doomberg on September 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM

He seems to have as his top priority a massive crackdown on dissent at a time when the economy is faltering badly.

Doomberg on September 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM

True, but enough about Barack Obama…

VastRightWingConspirator on September 30, 2013 at 9:12 PM

If they allowed full access to ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, WaPo and the NYT… honestly, it could only bolster the Communist government.

mankai on September 30, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Hey, the Republican-controlled House passed their pointless Plan C and the Senate rejected it, and there is going to be a gov’t shutdown in less than two hours, and there is no mention of that here at Hot Air because it’s really, really embarassing. Worried about cancer…?

Mr. Arkadin on September 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM

If they allowed full access to ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, WaPo and the NYT… honestly, it could only bolster the Communist government.

mankai on September 30, 2013 at 9:22 PM

None of those are blocked in China and fortunately neither is HotAir, so we can come and find out the real true about what’s going on here from Erika.

DarkCurrent on October 1, 2013 at 7:52 AM

The Che Guevara tribute in the background tells you everything you need to know about the “new” China. And Americanistas who wear Che Guevara t-shirts.

VastRightWingConspirator on September 30, 2013 at 8:46 PM

The picture was taken during a visit to Cuba some years ago.

DarkCurrent on October 1, 2013 at 7:54 AM

China can continue to try to control social media while allowing it in limited capacities, but the endeavor took an a “the beating’s will continue until morale improves” flavor a long time ago.

Huh?

Ward Cleaver on October 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Yeah but Freidman says China is leading the way into the future.

Bishop on September 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM

It is. Obama’s taking notes.

Ward Cleaver on October 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The State Internet Information Office said that some of the news applications carried “pornography and obscene information and harm the physical and mental health of youngsters….

This would be why The Sun (UK) has been blocked on military networks for ages. Just because of Page 3.

GWB on October 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

China, where a big topic currently under discussion

How would you possibly know what’s a big topic of discussion in China Erika?

Have you ever been within three thousand miles of it? Do you understand even a little Chinese?

DarkCurrent on October 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Here’s an actual topic of discussion in China. I’m sure you’ll be right on it…

http://shanghaiist.com/2013/10/02/qianhai-facebook-twitter-gfw.php

DarkCurrent on October 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM