While most countries around the world embrace the internet and all it has to offer, quite a few countries have taken steps to block their citizens from certain “questionable” internet companies.For example, the highly popular social networking site Facebook has been blocked, either temporarily or permanently, in all of the following countries, with the bolded nations still banning the website indefinitely
Despite its rank as one of the top internet services in the world, Google isn’t welcome everywhere! In fact, 1/4 of the countries who are offered Google services have banned at least one of the internet search engine’s sites, including Google+, Google Docs, Google Drive, etc.
China is, of course, the most notable example, but other countries have also followed suit in banning the company’s websites. It’s hard to imagine using high speed internet at all without access to Google, isn’t it?
This may come as a shock to you, but not everyone in the world appreciates the sometimes (or often) questionable nature of YouTube’s video content. As a result, the media site has been blocked in the following countries:
Just like its social networking “nemesis” Facebook, the micro-blogging website Twitter has been blocked, although on a much smaller scale. Only three countries have blocked the social media platform in its entirety: China, Egypt, and Iran. The only country to still ban the internet service today is China, and reportedly many Chinese citizens continue to access the website despite the ban.
If you run your own blog or really enjoy keeping up with blogs run by other like-minded people, be glad you don’t live in China! The country, which you can probably guess by now bans most popular websites, has blocked its citizens from accessing the blogging site WordPress.