Mainlanders could not access much of the internet for about an hour Tuesday, with online users redirected to a blank page run by a US tech firm tied to Falun Gong, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday. From 3pm, users could not access any website, either hosted on the mainland or overseas, with top-level domains such as .com, .net and .org including Sina Weibo, according to several major internet service providers, the report said. Web addresses with the .cn country code were not affected. Internet users were redirected to a website owned by Dynamic Internet Technology, a company working “to provide web access to forbidden sites for internet users in China”. Company president Bill Xia said he believed the incident was the result of the government’s own web censoring system backfiring, the report said.
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