What does Redirected To China mean?
The most famous example of this form of censorship is Skype. Whenever skype.com is accessed from China, it redirects to skype.tom.com. Tom.com is Skype's local partner in China. The product offered by Tom is visually very similar to the original Skype and the user is not informed of the redirection. However, Tom Skype is subject to Chinese regulations meaning that all personal data, calls and chats are filtered, centrally stored and open to government surveillance.
Our system concludes that a website is subject to Redirected to China censorship if:
- When accessed from the US, the final URL of the web request (including any redirections) resolves to an IP address which is not hosted in China, and
- When accessed from China, the final URL of the web request (including any redirections) resolves to an IP address which is hosted in China