China is a country where we know that the government controls the media whether it’s social, informative or interactive. It’s very different than the western world, which led me to wonder if Chinese people watch television, how popular it is, and what social media platforms they use. What I found out after some research was pretty impressive, and it’s definitely different than what we use and watch here in the United States.
Television is a very popular pastime in China, and you will find television sets in most homes, buses, and places of business, taxis as well as restaurants. Pretty much any public area venue will have a TV broadcasting. Reports state that there are more than 3,000 local, state and national television channels in Mainland China.
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The Chinese government controls what native news channels broadcast, and blocks international information by way of jamming broadcasts and blocking websites. They also block access to rebroadcasts of segments and use of satellite receivers to further prevent any foreign information from making its way in. State-owned news outlets via cable television as well as the 2,500+ radio stations will broadcast internationally, but are strict about letting foreign markets in that will go against the Communist Party rhetoric.
There are 1,900+ state-owned newspapers, with each city having its own name but will report on government-approved topics that align with the Communist Party values. This applies to news outlets on websites as well, with no outside information being allowed in from other countries. China allows their news, media, and publications internationally to bolster their image with the world.
China is number one on the list as the country that uses the most internet in the world. Statistics have shown that over 97% of the population accesses the internet through their smartphones. China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) boasts 772 million users are accessing various platforms and websites through their servers.
China has a firewall dubbed “Great Firewall of China” where every URL and keyword is filtered and blocked by the tens of thousands. Cyber police in China work endlessly to restrict and deny access to socially and politically damaging information from getting through to the general public of China. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and sites promoting human rights are banned.
China has the most considerable hold over the online video market, worldwide. iQiyi,, Youku Tudou, and Sohu have the most substantial following in China amongst its population and also threatens the traditional standard set forth by the government. The government keeps a tight rein over what is shown and told to the general public, and some platforms find ways around it regularly.
Overall, Chinese government leaves very little wiggle room for its citizens to access or publicize any information that goes against the Communist Party rules and laws. However, in this day and age where consumers and business owners rely on the internet for growth, the regime has to deal with constant threats as the technology continues to grow and advance.