China’s population is big — 1.4 billion big — and its internet user population is creeping toward similar heights.
A government department called the China Internet Network Information Center ran a report to find out just how many citizens were jumping online. The result was 802 million, and the agency estimates that 29.68 million of those people came online only recently, in the first half of this year, as pointed out by Bloomberg.
This is the first time China’s internet using population has crossed the 800 million mark, according to the report. For perspective, that number is greater than the internet populations of Japan, Russia and the US combined. Individually, the US has 300 million internet users, at a population of 325 million, according to the United States Census Bureau.
The stat takes the percentage of people using the internet in China up to 98 percent, with 788 million citizens reportedly mobile internet users.
What citizens are not using their time spent on the internet on includes Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Netflix. Under the country’s so-called Great Firewall of censorship, citizens are limited to locally developed apps. Apple, for instance, had to remove what are deemed illegal VPNs from its China App Store, VPNs being a way for users to navigate around the Great Wall of censorship.