Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Mon 23, Apr 2018 04:49 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Dalai Lama meets opera artists, calls them 'custodian of unique Tibetan art form'
Tibetan engineer elected President of apex professional body of Canada
Tibetan Opera festival begins in Dharamshala, 10 opera troupes to partake
UK lawmakers call for Liverpool FC to scrap deal with Chinese company
USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Tenzin Dorjee urges China to release the Panchen Lama
Two monks detained by China for sharing “illegal contents” on WeChat
Dalai Lama condoles the demise of former President Bush’s mother
Tibetan farmers' land forcefully grabbed by Chinese authorities near Lhasa
China launches website for citizens to report spies, corrupt bureaucrats
Dalai Lama meets with foreign tourists, urges oneness of humanity
 Latest Photo News
His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaves for Gaggal airport, March 17, 2018. He would be attending the first Convocation of the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) on Sunday.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama looks at a picture of his former home, the Potala palace, in Drepung Monastery, Dec 14, 2017, Phayul Photo/Geleck Palsang
Tibetans participate in a candle light vigil to mourn the passing away of Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo in China, TCV Day School, July 14, 2017 Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
Advertisement
After travel ban, China blocks Tibetans from Kalachakra on WeChat
Phayul[Wednesday, January 11, 2017 21:40]
By Tenzin Monlam

A user with a China account attempts to send a message with the keyword combination in a group chat to users with International accounts and is blocked. If the keywords are sent individually they are received.
A user with a China account attempts to send a message with the keyword combination in a group chat to users with International accounts and is blocked. If the keywords are sent individually they are received.
DHARAMSHALA, JAN 11: After restrictions on Tibetans from Tibet to attend the Kalachakra initiation given by the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya, China has now resorting to cyber policing on WeChat, the most widely used micromessaging app owned by Tencent, a Chinese company.

A new study by Munk School of Global Affairs shows that China has blocked Kalachakra related keywords from WeChat, enabling keyword filtering for users with accounts registered with Mainland China phone numbers.

“Censorship of keywords is not transparent and no notice is given to a user if their message is blocked. A message with a keyword that is blocked simply does not appear,” said the report published by the Citizen Lab, a University of Toronto-based interdisciplinary laboratory.

The report also highlighted that the app has put in more efforts and ‘higher level of keyword blocking’ on group chats, which could be due to nature of the ‘semi-public sphere of online discussion groups’.

It also cited that group chat is subjected to more scrutiny since ‘messages can reach wider audiences in group chats’ and ‘potentially be used to organize protests and other public mobilizations.’

The report found out that if keywords like ‘Dalai Lama’ and ‘Kalachakra’ are sent individually, the users in China would receive it. However, keywords combination of ‘Kalachakra’ + ‘Dalai Lama’ + ‘Tibetan’ is blocked without any notice.

The keywords filtration is applied to Tibetan, English, Chinese and Hindi. Mentioning of ‘Dalai Lama’ + ‘January 3’ + Kalachakra is also blocked. In Hindi, the filter applies to ‘Bodh Gaya’.

This is not the first time Wechat has blocked or monitored Tibet related keywords. Tibetans were arrested in the past for sharing messages, songs, and photos related to the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, who China reviles as a ‘separatist’. Contents related to Tibetan culture are also seen as spreading ‘anti-China’ sentiment.

“The blocking of Kalachakra related keywords demonstrates that censorship on WeChat is dynamic and keyword lists are updated in response to current events. The communication blockage on WeChat, shows that the restrictions on the Tibetans offline are mirrored online,” the report concluded.
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
Tibetan Champion's League football tournament enters semi final round in Bodh Gaya
After travel ban, China blocks Tibetans from Kalachakra on WeChat
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2018 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement