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China to Unblock Facebook, Twitter During Athletics World Championships

© REUTERS / Dado RuvicA 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Sputnik International
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The Chinese authorities will open access to the social networks Facebook and Twitter as well as to the search engine Google during the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, the general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Essar Gabriel, said at a press conference Thursday.

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BEIJING (Sputnik) The World Championships is due to be held at the Beijing National Stadium, the venue of the 2008 Summer Olympics, on August 22-30.

The American social networks, Google Search and the YouTube video-sharing website are usually closed to the public in the People's Republic of China. Facebook and Twitter were banned in 2009, after the networks were used to organize protests in the country.

The Chinese government has blocked some 2,700 websites in mainland China, with exceptions made for Hong Kong and Macau, under its policy of Internet censorship.

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