Conversation with a student about Twitter and Facebook:
[For those who don’t know, twitter, youtube, facebook, ‘edu.’ sites, etc. are blocked on China’s internet.]
Student: I can get to those websites which were forbidden like FB, twitter. But I shouldn’t do bad things. I just want to get the news of my favorite celebrities.
Me: Why are those sites forbidden?
Student: Because the Chinese government doesn’t want those terrorists to do harm in China. Do you know ‘Heathendom?’
Me: I see, what’s that?
Student: Just to restrict our internet. Heathendom means bad religion. In Chinese we call it, ‘evil religion.’
Me: What does that have to do with the internet? Are facebook and twitter considered terrorists?
Student: Prevents bad remarks from spreading out, no.
Me: I see
Student: Terrorists are those people who don’t like the Communist Party, but their nationalities are Chinese. They may break the peace in china. That’s just my personal opinion.
Me: Oh okay, so they are on facebook and twitter and the government doesn’t want people to see these terrorists?
Student: Just restricts their words. But I can’t explain it in details. I’m not sure either. I just love foreign websites. I can learn English in this way. Do you know any good foreign websites?