Officially, Twitter is banned in China; however, that hasn't stopped people from using the service locally. The company has estimated that it has nearly 10 million Chinese users, an inside source told Tech Crunch technology website. It represents a small share of Twitter's 310 million total active users, of which 65 million are based in the US. In contrast, China has about 688 million Internet users which is about 50% of the country's population.
Chinese ‘netizens' accessing Twitter on a VPN will show up as being located in the US, Britain, Singapore or wherever else their VPN is set to. Those who do not have access to VPNs instead use Weibo and WeChat as alternative local microblogging sites.
China blocked Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Hotmail in 2009. Most Chinese Internet users rely on domestic services, which are tightly controlled. It is highly unlikely that Twitter will take the steps to get it unblocked in China because it would mean caving in to censorship demands and self-policing user content, the report noted.