A brief update: some of our contacts are reporting the Western social networking site Facebook is down in China. Herdict confirms this, listing 40 inaccessible reports and one accessible one. If you currently live in China, give facebook a test and let us know the results.
If Facebook is blocked, it would be the first time in a while. The site isn’t particularly popular among Chinese netizens, who have their own Chinese-language carbon copy in Xiaonei (is Xiaonei still accessible in China? We currently live in the US, and Herdict has no data for it). Facebook does have instant messaging and twitter-like components that make it a quick way to pass information on to large social groups, but it managed to withstand all the blockings earlier this year so the fact that it’s being blocked now — if indeed it is — may hold some significance.