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By Wang Fangqing     Jul 7, 2009 in Internet
Beijing is determined when it comes to crack down online information which is considered anti-government. Now, after the riot in Urumqi, it quickly blocked online social communities Facebook and Twitter, as it did to Google two weeks ago.
Netizens in mainland China now have to find a way to get around the great firewall in an attempt to log in Facebook and Twitter, just like what they did two weeks ago when the same thing happened to all Google services.
The central government blocked the two famous online communities last night, after the riot in Urumqi on Monday, and quickly removed all sensitive information.
"On the China Telecom connection of our Shanghai office the service vanished at around 7:45pm. Friends in Hong Kong are reporting that they can still access the website," according to web2asia, a business blog.
Facebook has around 200,000 users in China, with a Chinese nickname called "fei si bu ke", or "bounded to die", suggesting the on and off block by the government during the sensitive time, including June 4.
Some netizens are also concerned about the fate of Followta, Twitter's Chinese counterpart.
"Twitter is blocked, will Followta the next one?" writes the user nicknamed Jiang at Followta.
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