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China's Quiet Experiment Let Millions View Long-Banned Websites


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A Chinese woman access the Internet on her phone.

In a two-week experiment of the Tuber mobile browser application, China allowed millions of its citizens access to long-banned foreign websites like YouTube and Instagram.

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China allowed millions of its citizens access to long-banned foreign websites like YouTube and Instagram in a two-week experiment of the Tuber mobile browser application.

The app, backed by government-associated 360 Security Technology, appeared in late September, permitting access to the sites without an illegal virtual private network.

The trial suggests China's government is testing ways to let its Internet users into once-prohibited zones, although the app was withdrawn without explanation on Saturday.

State-allowed apps like Tuber signal a possible compromise, in which user activity is tracked and content screened, while permitting academics, corporations, and citizens to share information.

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