An app launched this week in China allows access users to access YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, and other Internet services that had otherwise been banned in the country for a long time.
Tuber was launched in third-party Android stores in China by a subsidiary of Qihoo 360, the largest Chinese cybersecurity firm. The app, which has since had millions of downloads, is not yet available on the Apple store.
While these proxy applications are not new to China, where a virtual private network (VPN) service is generally needed to allow home users to pass to sites like Google or Facebook, the arrival of Tuber suggests a slight reduction in the Great Firewall.
While Internet users in China were welcome, some complained about the slowness of the application. References to sensitive political issues such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and the Hong Kong protests were also partly censored, according to Reuters checks.
Users of the app are also required to register with personal information, such as their identity card numbers and real names while being warned against breaching state interests and against the country’s socialist system.
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