protests but were not as keen on removal of posts that were only critical of the government. But this does not meant the establishment is comfortable with criticism as Chinese citizens could be punished for dissent published especially if it garners mileage. King has found an explanation for the Chinese government’s toleration of dissent. This slight toleration serves as an outlet for the dissenting ones to vent their pent up anger. Without such a let out, such anger might accumulate over time to metamorphosis into a large scale uprising.
China is not only censoring internet on its territory but is also teaching other countries like Iran on how to do it successfully as reported by Eades (2014). In fact, in all probability the North Koreans would also have learned tricks of the internet censorship trade from the Chinese.
It has been pointed out that many Chinese support censorship of the internet due to not only political reasons but because they believe ordinary Chinese without much education will get swayed by dangerous cults like the Falun Gong as pointed out by Damm (2007). Some Chinese citizens even point out that several Chinese ended their life just because another cult asked them to do so. On the political front also, they support the internet censorship as they believe an overthrow of the current ruling establishment will lead to chaos and instability. In fact, democratization in countries like Russia and Taiwan are cited by the Chinese as examples of problematic economies as compared with the rapid economic growth of China. It is also shown that most netizens of China are youngsters who are more interested in chatting and online games than in politics. They do rally behind mass venting of anger by the netizens but these are few and far in between. Thus western expectations of how the Chinese use the internet especially for political ends are really misplaced grossly.