Internet users across China have been reporting that popular Tokyo-based instant messaging app Line has been inaccessible in the mainland since around 10pm last night. According to users, the application is now only accessible via VPN.
Neither Line nor the Chinese government have released any statement. Line is very popular in Taiwan and Hong Kong, but it is not clear what connection – if any – this apparent attack on Line could have to political developments such as yesterday’s pro-democracy march in Hong Kong.
The move is made more perplexing by Line’s apparent willingness to censor messages sent by users based in mainland China.
By Ryan Kilpatrick