It’s hard to sympathise with their complaints.

BEIJING — A Chinese government-backed think tank has accused the U.S. and other Western governments of using social networking sites like Facebook to spur political unrest and called for stepped-up scrutiny of the wildly popular sites.

Newsflash to the Chinese government: The reason why Facebook and sites like it foment unrest is because it allows people to express their views, and freedom of expression is to totalitarian governments like Kryptonite is to Superman. It’s why I oppose censorship even of viewpoints I find repugnant.

Hopefully the Australian government continues to backpedal on a similar issue. Governments should not control what information people can access, it’s as simple as that.

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