Despite government-imposed bans, Facebook and Twitter have tens of millions of users in China, according to London-based GlobalWebIndex.

Facebook use in China has reportedly swelled to 63.5 million people, a roughly eightfold increase over the 7.9 million who used the site two years ago. Twitter, meanwhile, has nearly 36 million users in China.

Facebook and Twitter use among China’s 500 million Internet users would likely be even higher but for homegrown alternatives such as Sina Weibo, the country’s Twitter counterpart (roughly 300 million users), and Renren, which has been likened to Facebook (roughly 160 million).

Even so, Facebook and Twitter speak to the platforms’ popularity in China — and to the various ways around the Great Firewall.

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