“Instagram has finally joined the family of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Line and Snapchat. Farewell.”
Responding to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong referring to themselves as the “Umbrella Revolution” and “Occupy Central,” the Chinese government has shut down Instagram in every part of the country but Hong Kong. The pro-democracy protesters clashed with police yesterday and, in return, were greeted with tear gas and mass arrests. The Instagram shutdown is significant because it’s one of the few social media outlets that was still allowed in mainland China. Well, no more. Chinese citizens outside of Hong Kong will no longer have access to these images and messages.
Here’s just a few of the images that the Chinese government hopes to keep mainland Chinese from seeing lest they get any ideas about a democracy movement of their own. I’ve added some images from Twitter as well since Instagram is so iffy right now.
— Carmen Ng 吳嘉文 (@Carmen_NgKaMan) September 28, 2014
— Yuen Chan (@xinwenxiaojie) September 28, 2014
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) September 29, 2014
— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) September 29, 2014
— VICE News (@VICENews) September 29, 2014
— Business Insider (@BusinessInsider) September 29, 2014
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) September 28, 2014
— RT (@RT_com) September 28, 2014
— Becky S (@sbeckyjourno) September 27, 2014
— 15MBcn_int (@15MBcn_int) September 13, 2014