Straight out of the ‘Proof They’ll
Censor Anything In China’ file is
news that the country is restricting
access to information about the
Yes, that’s right. The powers in
charge of what China can see online
have decreed that certain
measurements of the quality of air —
which are recorded by the US
Embassy, for what it’s worth — are
unsuitable (read: too horrifying) for
the eyes of those living in the
country. That makes for a rather
amusing and very obvious data hole
in the popular air quality app, as a
number of people in China noted on
Twitter. (Which, of course, is also
subject to restrictions from The Great
In a nice touch, the censorship
messages were shown in both
English and Chinese, once again
highlighting the fact that the
information was withheld.
This particular act of information
smothering is almost certainly
related to the fact that China is
hosting the Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) summit in
Beijing right now. Thus the
government is keen to give as little
publicity as possible to the smogs
that inhabit its capital city. Guess
that plan isn’t working out too well
right now
When President Xi said the smog was
his “top priority”
during the APEC Summit, we hope
that pretending it doesn’t exist
wasn’t his only solution.


Ambuli Victor


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