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In 2002, the Chinese government blocked access to the entire mit.edu domain. Some have speculated that the main reason was to prevent domestic users from accessing the uncensored political discussions on this forum.
In 2004, to circumvent the block in place in China, a self-censored server was opened to facilitate access by users in China.
Currently there are about 300 topic groups. The website claims that it has hundreds of thousands of registered users, most of whom are Overseas Chinese, and 51% of their internet traffic is generated from within the US. T
After moving out of mit.edu, it is now managed by a company located in Beijing, China . Under the current administrator walklooktalk, in the last several years it saw accelerated commercialization, with more prominent space reserved for advertisers, as well as the creation of a spin-off website devoted to Personal advertisement.