It seems like almost every day there is some news about how China is cracking down on free speech on the internet. Social media is almost nonexistent without the use of a VPN like TorGuard, and content itself is starting to get banned or taken down so users can’t access it at all.
China’s Ministry of Culture now requires that companies like Baidu and Tencent (or any company that provides or simply hosts content online) have specialized teams to censor offensive songs out of their catalogs.
This means that hip hop fans might have tons of content no longer available. Already, there have been dozens of rap songs blacklisted with authorities claiming that these songs promote violence and obscenity.
After controlling social media, blogging content, and Google itself, China is now finally closing in on the music industry “keeping it clean” from offensive, pornographic, and culturally inappropriate content. This last category can include virtually anything. The Great Firewall of China becomes bigger and more menacing every day.
These new censorship regulations also cover music videos. To seal the deal, Chinese officials are also requiring media providers to submit quarterly reports to the government showing their dedication to how much they are regulating content.
If what happened in August (120 “explicit” songs were banned) was any indication. Music is about to take a serious hit in China.
Fortunately for Chinese users, TorGuard VPN can get around these censorship restrictions by giving access content available in other countries that aren’t censored. TorGuard is powered by OpenVPN technology, but TorGuard’s special Stealth VPN provides a masked IP address encrypted through a virtual tunnel by obfuscation. TorGuard’s Stealth Proxy feature is a double layer of security that hides the handshake of a VPN.