We all know that China has one of the most controlling governments in the world, especially when it comes to the media and censorship of free speech. Now, it looks like they are monitoring phone calls too. According to some reports online, last week a Beijing entrepreneur was discussing restaurant choices with his fiancée over the phone last week and quoted a phrase from Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” After saying the word “protest” the second time, the phone line was cut off. He experimented by calling someone else and spoke the same phrase in Chinese over a different phone. He was also cut off after saying the word “protest”. First it was blocking VPN connections, then blocking Gmail connections, and sites such as LinkedIn to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange – soon they might as well not have internet and phones in China and people will be communicating through paper tied to messenger birds instead. Which words do you think will receive the axe next?
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