Bid by China’s Tencent for Reddit provokes concerns about censorship

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A reported bid by Chinese online giant Tencent to invest US$150 million in social media company Reddit is causing concern about the threat of censorship. The deal might be co...

China blocks Microsoft’s Bing search engine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Microsoft Bing, the last major foreign search engine available in China, has been blocked following an order from the government, reports Financial Times. The paper pub...

China's Tencent partners with law enforcement to limit online gameplay for minors 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In response to criticism from the public and the Chinese government, the Chinese tech giant Tencent is responding by increasing monitoring and identity verification measur...

Chinese media cries foul when Apple lists Taiwan as country at conference

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Apple's annual September press conference on Wednesday (Sept. 12) drew an outcry from a Chinese state-run media outlet simply for continuing to list Taiwan as a c...

China allegedly waging 'psychological warfare' on Australia

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The U.S. Congressional Commission on China held a hearing on Thursday, April 26 to discuss China’s “Digital Authoritarianism and the Global Threat to Free Spee...

No Taiwan flag emoji can be found on Chinese iPhones 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As apple has gradually expanded the number of emoji flags for new versions of the iOS, the Taiwan flag emoji was not added until the release of iOS 9.0. However, it seems thoug...

Photo of the Day: Chinese reporter rolls eyes at peer's platitudes

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- China's carefully orchestrated press briefing for the National Party Congress (NPC) became the butt of jokes online after one of its state-run media reporters become s...

Model Liu Wen sparks Chinese outcry after typing 'Happy Lunar New Year'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- China's netizens quickly became outraged after Chinese supermodel Liu Wen posted "Happy Lunar New Year" on her Instagram page instead of "Happ...

From Snake to Dog, five dark years for journalism in China

TAIPEI (RSF) -- As China prepares to celebrate its New Year, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that more than 50 journalists and bloggers are currently imprisoned and that, from the Year of t...

Google Doodle commemorates Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese Diva, Teresa Teng (鄧麗君) is being commemorated by Google Doodle today (Jan. 29) for her music and talent which helped her gain immense popularity in Tai...

Pokémon Go will finally hit the market in China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two years after the initial launch of Pokémon Go, a partnership deal inked Tuesday will allow the smartphone game to be released in China, reports CNA. The partn...

Trump changes Twitter background to photo with Xi

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After President Donald Trump completed his first day of emperor-like treatment by China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, he somehow was able to continue to tweet beh...

US Congress drafts new ‘Taiwan Security Act’ as Trump meets Xi in Beijing

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As Trump has started his state trip in Beijing, two House Republicans unveiled a draft of the Taiwan Security Act as a counterbalance to China’s increased aggressive...

China expat blog Shanghaiist bites the dust

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Expats in China are mourning demise of Shanghaiist, a popular blog site which often thumbed its nose at official Chinese state-run media news, after it's owner announced it...

Stones in gaps of Great Firewall: China expands online censorship with 19th Party Congress

The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is just beginning, but it is already apparent that censorship in the country will be taking a great leap forward in the coming years. Reporters Wi...