- Search engines in China have reportedly blocked results for major crypto exchanges.
- This is the latest step in the country’s online censorship of crypto activity.
- Before this, China has also ordered crypto transaction bans on local banks.
As per the latest reports, typing in keywords for crypto exchanges Binance, OKEx, and Huobi on Chinese search engines is not pulling up any results.
For some time now, China’s position towards cryptocurrency has been getting tougher. This latest news follows in a series of moves the Chinese government has been ordering against crypto. For instance, it has been cracking down on Bitcoin and other crypto mining facilities, driving them out of the country. To add to that, it has also banned banks from conducting transactions with crypto.
Moreover, the country’s attitude towards crypto trading is shocking because recently it also announced its acceptance of Bitcoin’s underlying technology. This was to the extent that China is now in talks of launching its own digital Yuan, which will be government regulated.
Now, after implementing a local witch hunt against crypto, the country is targeting the crypto ecosystem online. Before this, just a few days ago, China’s Twitter-equivalent Weibo blocked many crypto-related accounts. Now, this news just seems like another step to censor crypto.
Chinese crypto news sites and journalists are both confirming that there appear to be no online search results for the world’s leading crypto exchanges in the country. As of now, users on two major Chinese search engines, Baidu and Sogou, have faced this search blackout. Zhihu, which is the Chinese version of Quora, has also done the same.
Wu Blockchain, a crypto news and updates account on Twitter, shared a screenshot of the search engine results page.
Breaking: On June 9th, all Chinese search engines such as Baidu and Sogou have blocked the three major exchanges: Binance Huobi and OKEx. pic.twitter.com/pmRZkIvOzn
— Wu Blockchain (@WuBlockchain) June 9, 2021
Representatives from the named exchanges have not yet made any public announcements about China’s online censorship.
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