Every country secretly wants to ability to do this.
Keeps the little people in their place.
Two of China’s biggest social media companies, Tencent and Sina, have reportedly been punished by the government and forced to temporarily suspend comments on their micro-blogging sites, after the authorities clamped down in response to unsubstantiated online rumours of a coup in Beijing last month. Rumours started to swirl a …
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This is interesting. Are the rumors of a coup substantial, or is this the eastern equivalent of "RIP [celebrity of the day]"? I know Bo Xilai was really shaking things up -- sometimes for the better, sometimes in ways frighteningly reminiscent of Mao's days -- and I also know that the outgoing Chinese premier made some cryptic pro-reform remarks after the closing of the congress earlier this year. Also, the I believe it was the vice-president (or someone equally high up) who replaced Mr Bo as Chongqing's mayor after he was sacked. Strange times.
Look at China, UK citizens: it is your future unless you start trying to oppose it now! Given the current legislation proposals on snooping of all computer-based communication, it just illustrates that, generally, governments are always into the game of control and increasing their own power at the expense of the ordinary people, which they are supposed to serve.