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China’s Internet Firewall Blocks Ethereum Block Browser Etherscan

China’s Great Firewall, a tool to ban Chinese citizens from using sites like Google and Facebook, has listed a major explorer for Ethereum’s (ETH) blockchain- Etherscan.

A data from non-profit monitoring organization GreatFire, alleges that China blocked one of the most popular ETH block browsers, Etherscan in October 2019.

On Dec. 3 Coindesk reported that Etherscan’s domain remained inaccessible from IP addresses inside mainland China.

Timeline Of The Block

The CEO of the firm, Matthew Tan reportedly said that Etherscan noticed the action “within the last 3 months.”

As of Aug. 17, 2019 Etherscan was still intact with “no censorship detected” according to GreatFire, which collects a database of websites blocked by the Great Firewall.

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The Ethereum block browser was fully blocked by Oct. 29, 2019, while the exact time of the block is not known.

Local ETH Block Explorers Still Accessible In China

On the other hand, other Ethereum block explorers are still running in China. As of the publishing time, a localized version of the browser,, is accessible to the Chinese users.

A block explorer is a site that includes tools to track blocks, wallet addresses, network hashrate, transaction data and other key data on a certain blockchain- such as the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain, the Litecoin (LTC) blockchain, or the Ethereum blockchain.

Etherscan is one of the numbers of block explorers such as and


Source: Cointelegraph | Coindesk | Image: Shutterstock


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