As of Monday, China banned the popular text and code editor app (Notepad ++).
The application was first released in 2003 by Chinese developer Don Ho, who lives in France. The free Notepad ++ works on the Windows operating system and supports about 90 languages.
In the release notes, Hu publicly expressed his concerns about the human rights conditions in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region and Hong Kong.
Over the years, Hu revealed several private publications that indicated his political stance, including one in 2014 relating to the Tiananmen pro-democracy demonstrations.
He is also concerned with human rights and social affairs, and added the phrase “Thank you to health care workers” to the application version issued in April of this year, in order to thank the medical staff during the Coronavirus crisis.
When the Freedom Uyghur version appeared late last year, an army of patriotic users attacked a Github (Notepad ++) repository with Chinese comments.
Tests have found that the Notepad ++ block applies only to its download page, which displays special editions, and thus politically sensitive language.
When trying to access the download page from Chinese browsers developed by Tencent – QQ browser, built-in WeChat browser – and UC Browser, these services indicate that the page contains content that is prohibited by local organizers.
The Tencent website security center displays a warning saying: This site may contain illegal content, and it states that this site has been reported by a large number of users, and it may have published content that has been banned from the country, with its recommendation that you visit it with caution to protect your personal safety .
On the other hand, the home page of Notepad ++ is not blocked by these local browsers, and the full site can still be accessed from (Chrome) and (DuckDuckGo) in China.
– Notepad ++ (@Notepad_plus) August 16, 2020