许多网民使用各种VPN和代理服务器回避了长城防火墙（GFW）的监管，访问较敏感和社会媒体网站（如Twitter, Facebook），在去年淘宝曾经做过类似举动，但后来又不了了之，VPN的销售开始泛滥。而且一些国内VPN服务商会通过Google Adsense来传播它们（我博客的adsense广告曾经就出现过），关闭淘宝上的代理和VPN服务是一种更快捷的方式。
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Taobao Bans Sale of VPN, Proxy Services
Taobao, China’s biggest e-commerce platforms, is banning the sale of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and IP proxies on its popular C2C shopping site. Various VPNs and proxy servers are used by some Chinese netizens to ‘jump over the wall’ – ie: evade the massive Great Firewall (GFW) which blocks so many politically sensitive and social media sites.
In a rough translation, Taobao’s official notice on this crackdown reads:
This is a notice to those it might concern: VPN software, or any service that helps to access overseas sites, to jump over the wall, is prohibited from sale on Taobao. Now banned products include VPNs – domestic or foreign (including games) – IP proxies, and VPN software. All those are covered in the new restrictions, so please remove the relevant VPN products from your stores.
We encourage members to report all types of contraband/illegal goods. We will deal with your concerns promptly.
Thank you for your support and cooperation of/with Taobao. Taobao is more exciting because of you!
Well, Taobao is now more restrictive – rather than “exciting” – because of this new edict. In recent years, some homegrown VPN services have popped up, and have been spreading their word via Google ads. Some had been using Taobao as a convenient way to let users pay up, since Taobao’s online payment method, Alipay, is so ubiquitous. But now that has been ceased.