China has expanded its ban on Wikipedia to block the community-edited online encyclopedia in all available languages, as reports from BBC tell us.
An earlier enforced ban barred Internet users from viewing the Chinese version, as well as the pages for sensitive search terms such as Dalai Lama and the Tiananmen massacre.
All language editions of Wikipedia have been blocked in mainland China since April, the Wikimedia foundation has confirmed.
Internet censorship researchers found that Wikipedia had joined thousands of other websites which cannot be accessed in China.
China expanded its Wikipedia ban
As previously mentioned, China had previously banned the Chinese language version of the site, but the block has now been expanded.
Wikimedia said it had received “no notice” of the move.
In a statement, the foundation said: “In late April, the Wikimedia Foundation determined that Wikipedia was no longer accessible in China. After closely analysing our internal traffic reports, we can confirm that Wikipedia is currently blocked across all language versions.”
The free community-edited encyclopaedia has been intermittently blocked by authorities around the world.
In 2017, the site was blocked in Turkey and it has been blocked intermittently in Venezuela this year.