As per a government agency statement on Monday, there are around six hundred and thirty two million users of Internet users in Beijing-China. This is seen even though there has been a drop down in the use of social networks.
The population of internet in this Asian Giant also includes people who have went online at least once in last 6 months. There has been an increase by fourteen million since the month of January as per the CNNIC or the China Internet Network Information Center.
A large share of this online population is represented by the users of mobile phone. As per the data, there are around five hundred and twenty seven million people in China who access the internet with the help of mobile devices in 6 months to June.
But as per the report, there was a decline in the use of social networks even though there was a rise in the no. of users of services like shopping, banking and online games.
As per CNNIC, social networking sites were used by two hundred and fifty seven people during this period and this number has come down from two hundred and seventy eight million in the last set of figures in the month of December. Thus, a drop of 7.4 percent has been seen.
This decline coincides with the past year’s crackdown on sites of social media like WeChat by Tencent, a platform of instant messaging through which users can send voice messages, videos, photos and texts through mobile devices and a Chinese Twitter equivalent, Sina Weibo.
Already the number of internet users in China are more than other countries in this world. It has a big e-commerce market and citizens have been using the web for spotlighting govt. abuses, which has further created a worrisome situation for Communist Party. Tight controls have been maintained by Beijing over internet and websites that are politically sensitive have been blocked. This has been termed as ‘Great Firewall of China’. The social media companies have to maintain censor user-generated content.