Film buffs thrilled after China unblocks IMDB movie database
IMDB site blocked since January 2010 after movie site's homepage featured a preview of a documentary about the Free Tibet movement
The 2010 move had angered and frustrated netizens, especially avid fans of foreign movies.
On Wednesday, many debated why the site was unblocked. In particular, they questioned its timing - as the National People’s Congress (NPC) and People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) were holding their annual legislative meetings in Beijing.
“Thank you, China’s new leaders, this is wonderful,” wrote a blogger on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service.
Many speculated on the next sites to be "freed".
“What’s next? Facebook or Twitter?,” commented a blogger.
“Don’t have any expectations for the censors,” advised another. "Unblocking a movie site means nothing."
China's "Great Firewall“, a system of internet restrictions, blocks access to websites the government considers a threat, among them Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
“Is China really going to change?”, asked a blogger on Weibo.