This irks us almost as much as that really terrible opinion piece on Xinhua that poked fun at Facebook’s “gloomy” status in China without ever mentioning that the service has been blocked. Guess who’s on Facebook (and fellow blocked social networking tool Twitter)? The World Expo.
Yes, we get that the World Expo is supposed to be an international event so it makes sense that its promoters would use sites that will get the word out to English language speakers, even as its host government silently stops its netizens from accessing those very sites. It doesn’t mean we can’t be annoyed.
We wonder what VPN the World Expo organizers use to keep facebooking/twittering. We also wonder if this means that the GFW will drop the Facebook and Twitter ban come May 2010. After all, wouldn’t it be a shock to all those foreigners who’ve excitedly become fans of WorldExpo2010, only to realize they can no longer check their fave websites for keeping up with WorldExpo2010 news?