Instagram has been banned in China
A plethora of images of the demonstrations in Hong Kong popped up on Instagram, as well as on China's version of Twitter – Weibo, the latter of which, have now banned the hashtag #OccupyCentral.
Monitoring websites blockedinchina.net and greatfire.org have announced that Instagram has been banned by China following the pro-democracy posts. An official statement from Instagram is yet to be released. It is said that Hong Kong still have access to the popular photo-sharing app.
It is thought that the Chinese government do not want people to see images of the protests via social media, which are ongoing in Hong Kong – as officers have been using tear gas and pepper spray against protesters and over 40 people have been injured.
The pro-democracy protests kickstarted when the government announced its plans to only allow their pre-approved candidates to stand in elections for Hong Kong's highest ranking civil position, the chief executive.