Instagram, the popular photo sharing service, owned by Facebook Inc. has been blocked in China likely due to the pre-democracy protests happening in Hong Kong.
The move appears to be a consequence of people posting photos and videos on social media sites, including Instagram, showing Hong Kong police using tear gas in an attempt to clear protesters off the streets.
Many of the images have been posted with the hashtag “#OccupyCentral” or “#OccupyHK.” The phrase “Occupy Central” was blocked on Sunday on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site similar to Twitter, reported Reuters.
Instagram, which has managed to grow in China despite its parent company Facebook being blocked for years, appears to be just the latest victim of online censorship in China. Earlier this month, China blocked privacy focused search engine DuckDuckGo, and in June, several Google services were reportedly blocked.