The Chinese government has had Facebook and Twitter on the black list for a long time, but it seems they will finally be unblocked, although not cross-country.
The two social tools will become available for users in Shanghai, government sources told South China Morning Post
The free-trade zone has been created as a place with more freedom, similarly to Hong Kong which has its own separate laws. So, the Chinese government wants to see what unblocking the two sites would mean for its economy.
“In order to welcome foreign companies to invest and to let foreigners live and work happily in the free-trade zone, we must think about how we can make them feel like at home. If they can’t get onto Facebook or read The New York Times, they may naturally wonder how special the free-trade zone is compared to the rest of China,” a source told the newspaper.
China holds a tight grip on Internet access and the content users can access.