The Chinese internet may or may not have 30,000 “web police” monitoring the Mainland’s every click. But whatever their number, China’s cyber thugs are really, really good at annoying the hell out of Shanghaiist. It seems now the screws have been turned on Yahoo! News, which was the only game in town since Google News was blocked way back when. Yahoo! News doesn’t appear to be totally blocked in Shanghai — sometimes it will load, but really, really slowly — but it’s pretty clear that someone’s been messing with it, because up until a couple weeks ago it worked just fine. Others have noted that Yahoo!-owned Flickr has been a bit finicky of late, as well. Yes, there are ways around most of these problems — but it’s so fucking annoying. The internet in China — definitely not a “harmonious society.”
UPDATE: A running dialogue on the Flickr/China issue can be found here. Of course, if you’re in Shanghai that page might take quite a while to load.