In the past year F1 fans have enjoyed increased coverage of the sport on Twitter from F1 teams and media outlets posting live updates from the races.
But that service could be disrupted this weekend as China blocks its citizens from accessing Twitter.
China’s notoriously strict regime of internet censorship, dubbed the ‘Great Firewall of China’, was extended to include Twitter late last year. Access to other social networking sites has also been restricted to make it harder for organisations that are critical of the government to organise.
Several F1 people on Twitter have already reported difficulty accessing the site to send updates. However it seems there are ways around the block and some F1 fans in China are already getting word to F1 personnel such as Karun Chandhok, who Tweeted this earlier today:
Three very sweet fans were waiting at the airport for me with instructions on how to use Twitter in China! Unbelievable…
This a minor inconvenience for the F1 teams and fans is a far more serious matter for the people of China. Twitter is just one of many many sites they are denied access to, including many which promoting human rights and freedoms.
Incidentally, to the best of my knowledge F1 Fanatic is visible in China. I have heard from fans in the country and site traffic shows visitors coming from China.
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