List of websites blocked in China

China has completely blocked the all major websites in its country’s mainland. If you are in china then you can neither access any international news websites nor any social media like Facebook, Twitter etc. because China has banned all the international websites including major search engines, social media, News website, Video streaming platform & many more.

Chinese government has crack down all the press freedom in its mainland. As China is now emerging as one of the world’s powerful nations but in the internet age, Many Chinese citizens don’t have proper access of information.

The Chinese government had issued its first white paper on the internet in May 2010 that focused on the concept of “internet sovereignty,” requiring all internet users in China, including foreign organizations and individuals, to abide by Chinese laws and regulations.

China internet companies now have to sign “Public Pledge of Self-Regulation and Professional Ethics for China Internet Industry” which has more stricter rules than that of White Paper.

According to Freedom House reportChina was once again the worst abuser of internet freedom in 2018 for the second consecutive year out of sixty-five countries that represent 88 percent of the world’s internet users.”

Here is the list of websites which have been blocked by China :

Social Sites:

The world’s biggest social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are blocked in China.

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram
  3. Twitter
  4. Snapchat
  5. Pinterest
  6. Google+
  7. Quora
  8. Tumblr
  9. Reddit
  10. Xing
  11. Badoo
  12. Disqus

In January 2015, China issued a 22 pages new cyber security regulations which forces technology firms to submit its source code, undergo rigorous inspections, and adopt Chinese encryption algorithms before starting the business in China.

Search Engines

  1. Google
  2. Amazon (Alexa)
  3. Yahoo
  4. Duck Duck Go
  5. StartPage

Video/Audio streaming Platforms

  1. YouTube
  2. Daily Motion
  3. Vimeo
  4. Twitch
  5. Periscope
  6. Pandora
  7. Spotify
  8. Sound cloud

News Websites

The France-based watchdog group Reporters Without Borders ranked China 177 out of 180 countries in its 2019 worldwide index of press freedom. According to the report, President Xi Jinping has succeeded in imposing a social model in China based on control of news and information and online surveillance of its citizens by using massive technology.

  1. New York Times
  2. BBC
  3. Bloomberg
  4. Daily Mail (UK)
  5. Financial Times
  6. Wall Street Journal
  7. Reuters
  8. CNN
  9. TIME
  10. The Economist
  11. Radio free Asia
  12. Hong Kong free Press
  13. Huffpost
  14. CNBC
  15. The Washington Post
  16. The Guardian
  17. Al-jazeera
  18. South China Morning Post
  19. The Initium
  20. Radio Free Europe
  21. ABC News Australia
  22. Yomiuri (Japan)
  23. The Epoch Times
  24. The Tibet Post

Xi Jinping, Chinese President says, “All the work by the party’s media must reflect the party’s will.” Famous websites like Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and some Google service are fully blocked because Government seems those websites are potentially dangerous.

Messaging Apps

  1. WhatsApp
  2. Facebook Messenger
  3. Telegram
  4. Line
  5. Signal
  6. KaKao Talk (Korean)

Blogging sites

  1. Blogspot
  2. WordPress
  3. Medium
  4. FC2 (Japan)

Cloud Storage & Productivity

  1. Dropbox
  2. Google Drive
  3. Microsoft One Drive
  4. Google Docs
  5. Mega
  6. Scribd
  7. Isohunt

Email: In late 2014, China banned Google’s email service Gmail.

  1. Gmail


  1. HBO
  2. The Pirate Bay

NGO’s Websites

  • Wikileaks
  • Amnesty International

Other Apps & Websites

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Hootsuite
  4. Jehovah’s Witnesses (Religious website)
  5. Slide Share
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