Net Nanny Follies
Posted by Alice Xin Liu on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 4:39 PM
The administrators of Chinese websites are putting in a period of inaccessibility on their sites for a period of two to three days starting with the Tıаnanmen anniversary tomorrow.
Fanfou.com, China's knock-off version of Twitter.com, shows this maintenance message: "The Fanfou server is undergoing technical maintenance. Service is expected to resume before dawn on the 6th."
VeryCD.com, a user-generated service that allows users to download films, music and other material, is also under "technical repair" from June 3rd to June 6th. Dictionary Wordku.com is too, whose message thanks the support of their users, are also calling the period the "Chinese Internet Maintenance Day" (中国网站维护日), probably mockingly.
Other websites and personal blogs have voluntarily shut down their sites: the knock-off version of blogging host and aggregator Bullog.com is "striking" for three days.
Also reported as having minor but not confirmed trouble: cultural social networking site Douban.com, parts of school-orientated social networking site Xiaonei.com.
Not all can be confirmed, but some Chinese tech-savvy (are tweeting) information about a spreadsheet collating all the data of websites in repair － but take it with a pinch of salt.
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