Now there’s a new member in the block list of the notorious Great Firewall of China: Medium. According to Greatfire.org, the U.S. based online publishing platform has been entirely blocked within the country since April 12 as it keeps a tab on China’s censorship efforts.
Already, there was a network ping test on Medium’s website within mainland China that confirms the site is inaccessible. It first came in the Hacker News by a user called “vfulco,” who said that Medium.com has been unreachable for a few days. Also, from an additional test on Greatfire.org, a site that documents and reports web censorship in China; it is known that Medium was first locked on April 10.
The block on Medium doesn’t come as a big surprise. Most of you already know that China is quite famous for keeping its citizens from accessing free media and websites. The website started in 2012 originally as “a new place on the Internet where people share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters.” However, it has become a bigger source for news in recent months. Now you can read articles by the famous publishers like The Ringer (by Bill Simmons) and The Awl. Even in last week, there was a post on Medium addressing the Panama Paper Leaks, describing the offshore wealth of several countries, including China, which got a pretty good share on Chinese social media. Also, the site is working on monetization efforts, aiming to start native advertising from companies like Nest, Intel, and Bose.