The web site of Notepad++ is banned in China as of Monday, “clearly as a consequence of” its launch of editions named ‘Free Uyghur’ and ‘Stand With Hong Kong’, the supply code and textual content editor introduced on Twitter.
First launched in 2003 by France-based developer Don Ho, free-to-use Notepad++ operates on Windows and helps some 90 languages. In his launch notices for the 2 editions, Ho overtly voiced his considerations over ‘human rights’ circumstances, respectively within the Xinjiang autonomous area and Hong Kong.
Ho has through the years unveiled a number of particular variations that referenced his political stance, together with one in 2014 associated to the pro-democracy Tiananmen demonstrations. When the ‘Free Uyghur’ model got here out late final yr, a military of patriotic customers bombarded the Github repository of Notepad++ in Chinese feedback.
Tests by TechCrunch discovered that the Notepad++ ban solely applies to its ‘Download‘ web page — which showcases the particular editions and thus politically delicate language — when one tries to achieve it from Chinese browsers developed by Tencent (QQ Browser and WeChat’s built-in browser), Alibaba (UC Browser), 360 and Sogou. These companies flag the web page as containing content material ‘prohibited’ by native regulators.
Notepad++’s dwelling web page, alternatively, stays unblocked by way of these native browsers. One can nonetheless entry the total website from Chrome and DuckDuckGo in China.
TechCrunch has contacted Notepad++ for extra element.