Beijing – China has apparently restricted access to four of
the country’s popular Twitter-like microblog services, operated by,
Sina, Sohu and Tencent, the Associated Press reported.

service shows a note saying it is down for maintenance, the three other
services all display a tag noting they are in "beta," despite having
been in operation for months.

None of the services have yet commented on the
matter, AP said.

"Given the speed and volume of microblogging content
produced in Chinese cyberspace, censors are still several steps behind at this
stage," Xiao Qiang, director of the China Internet Project at the
University of California at Berkeley, told AP.

The AP notes that the Chinese
government actually embraced microblogging earlier this year, launching a
microblog for its official People’s Daily newspaper.


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