Amazon goes all-in for communist China censorship to suppress freedom of Chinese citizens

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: Jayson Veley
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Although China has been making an effort to slowly introduce free market principles into their vast economy in recent years, the Chinese government as a whole remains tyrannical and oppressive. The people of China do not benefit from the same rights and liberties we enjoy here in the United States, even though there is a strong case to be made that even here in the U.S., those rights and freedoms are under assault.

For example, although the freedom of speech is constantly being eroded by the progressive left in America, it still remains a crucial part of our society and has yet to be removed from the United States Constitution. In China, this is not the case. The freedom of speech is not part of China’s society, nor has it ever been. Sadly, this often leads to the suppression of information, and the restriction of certain content in movies, on television, and on the Internet.

In a recent effort to help China implement the country’s harsh restrictions on online content, Amazon is warning people to stop using software that allows them to circumvent the various barriers and restrictions established across the Internet by the Chinese government.

“If users don’t comply with the guidance, the offered services and their websites can be shut down,” explained one woman surnamed Wang, who works as a hotline operator for Amazon’s China-based cloud-computing business called The Beijing Sinnet Technology. “We the operators also check routinely if any of our users use these softwares [sic] or store illegal content.”

Wang explained that the decision to stop Amazon customers from using software that can circumvent China’s Internet restrictions came from the country’s Ministry of Public Security as well as the country’s telecom regulator. So far, Amazon has yet to respond to any emails or phone calls requesting comment.

Many Americans don’t even realize just how bad censorship in China really is. In the U.S., it is quite common for people of all ages to have accounts on various social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However, in China, these social sites are restricted thanks to the Great Firewall, which is the nickname given to the country’s network of sophisticated Internet barriers and filters. Even lovable Disney characters aren’t safe from government control.

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