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Title Title
Breaking: BBC website and app blocked in China Breaking: BBC website and app blocked in China
Summary Summary
While the BBC's English-language website was blocked in 2014, this appears to be the first time its app has been blocked While the BBC's English-language website was blocked in 2014, this appears to be the first time its app has been blocked
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<strong>The British Broadcast Corporation's (BBC) English-language website and mobile application have been blocked in China, as confirmed to <em>WikiTribune</em> by the BBC. </strong>  <strong>The British Broadcast Corporation's (BBC) websites and mobile application have been blocked in China following its transition from HTTP to a more secure HTTPS protocol, as confirmed to <em>WikiTribune</em> by the BBC. </strong>
Although the BBC's English-language website was <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-29628356">blocked in 2014</a>, this seems to be first time the BBC's app has been blocked.  
  Although the BBC's English-language website was <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-29628356">blocked in 2014</a>, this seems to be first time the BBC's app has been blocked. The blackout started over the weekend, according to a <a href="https://twitter.com/StephenMcDonell/status/1021235187328270336">tweet</a> by BBC China correspondent Stephen McDonell.
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  <p style="font-weight: 400">"In accordance with internet industry good practice, the BBC is currently changing the format of internet sites from http to https. This means content is less vulnerable to tampering and specific pages on our websites can no longer be blocked. Recently the BBC Chinese language site has changed to this new format," a BBC spokesperson told <em>WikiTribune</em>.</p>
  The spokesperson added: "For about a week the BBC online audience in China has lost access to all BBC websites. We regret this loss of service and recommend the use of VPN or the Psiphon app, to regain access. We continue to work with local service providers so that specific BBC content can be made directly available to our audience in China. The recent Royal Wedding coverage is a good example of this."
<p style="font-weight: 400;">"It appears that much of the BBC’s content has been blocked in China. We are considering the best approach to re-establish services to our audience," a BBC spokesperson told <em>WikiTribune</em>.</p> The Chinese embassy in London has not answered <em>WikiTribune</em>'s request for comment.
The block happened over the weekend, according to a <a href="https://twitter.com/StephenMcDonell/status/1021235187328270336">tweet</a> by BBC China correspondent Stephen McDonell. The reason for the blackout remains unclear.  
https://twitter.com/StephenMcDonell/status/1021235187328270336  
The BBC recently transitioned to a more secure HTTPS protocol<strong> </strong>in the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/entries/b0807897-7c07-44eb-8d5f-3b2d081a3951">last few weeks</a>, which makes it significantly harder for internet service providers to delete individual pieces of content or track which articles or videos users have been looking at (<em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/info/developer-blog/2016/nov/29/the-guardian-has-moved-to-https">The Guardian</a></em>). The BBC recently transitioned to a more secure HTTPS protocol<strong> </strong>in the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/entries/b0807897-7c07-44eb-8d5f-3b2d081a3951">last few weeks</a>, which makes it significantly harder for internet service providers to delete individual pieces of content or track which articles or videos users have been looking at (<em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/info/developer-blog/2016/nov/29/the-guardian-has-moved-to-https">The Guardian</a></em>).
<em>WikiTribune</em> has contacted the Chinese embassy in London for comment. https://twitter.com/StephenMcDonell/status/1021235187328270336
The Chinese government last blocked access to the BBC English-language website <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-29628356">in 2014</a>. Then-BBC Global News director Peter Horrocks said it appeared to be "deliberate censorship." The reason for the block still remains unclear. The Chinese government last blocked access to the BBC English-language website <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-29628356">in 2014</a>. Then-BBC Global News director Peter Horrocks said it appeared to be "deliberate censorship." The reason for the block still remains unclear.
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The BBC's website is one of around 8,000 to be blocked in mainland China by the government's<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_China"> internet censorship policy.</a> Users who wish to access the BBC must do so through <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_network">virtual private networks</a>. The BBC's website is one of around 8,000 to be blocked in mainland China by the government's<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_China"> internet censorship policy.</a> Users who wish to access the BBC must do so through <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_network">virtual private networks</a>.
  Earlier, the BBC told <em>WikiTribune</em>: "It appears that much of the BBC’s content has been blocked in China. We are considering the best approach to re-establish services to our audience."
<em>WikiTribune </em>took screenshots (see the sources and references section) from <a href="https://www.comparitech.com/privacy-security-tools/blockedinchina/#gref">Comparitech.com</a>, <a href="https://viewdns.info/">ViewDNS.info</a>, <a href="https://www.vpnmentor.com/tools/test-the-great-china-firewall/">VPNMentor.com</a>, and <a href="https://www.webpagetest.org/">Webpagetest.org</a> showing that access to the BBC's website is currently blocked in mainland China. <em>WikiTribune </em>took screenshots (see the sources and references section) from <a href="https://www.comparitech.com/privacy-security-tools/blockedinchina/#gref">Comparitech.com</a>, <a href="https://viewdns.info/">ViewDNS.info</a>, <a href="https://www.vpnmentor.com/tools/test-the-great-china-firewall/">VPNMentor.com</a>, and <a href="https://www.webpagetest.org/">Webpagetest.org</a> showing that access to the BBC's website is currently blocked in mainland China.
<strong>Which other countries have banned the BBC? Add more information here:</strong> <strong>Which other countries have banned the BBC? Add more information here:</strong>
At various points, and for various reasons, parts or all of the BBC <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_News">have also been banned</a> from: At various points, and for various reasons, parts or all of the BBC <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_News">have also been banned</a> from:
<ul> <ul>
<li>Zimbabwe</li>  <li>Zimbabwe</li>
<li>Myanmar</li>  <li>Myanmar</li>
<li>Uzbekistan</li>  <li>Uzbekistan</li>
<li>Pakistan</li>  <li>Pakistan</li>
<li>Iran</li>  <li>Iran</li>
<li>Rwanda</li>  <li>Rwanda</li>
</ul> </ul>
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