Google Gets Blocked in China… Again

November 10th, 2012 at 10:16 am

Google has reported that its Web services have been disrupted in much of China. According to the company’s “transparency report,” which shows information about Google’s traffic from around the world, a significant drop in traffic from China has been noticed since Friday. The blockage, however, does not appear to affect the whole country.

This is not the first time Google has setbacks in China, especially after the company stopped self-censoring its China-based search engine in 2010.

“We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end,” a Google spokeswoman said in a statement.

A number of netizens in China have reported problems accessing Google’s search engine and its email service, Gmail.

The disruptions to Google coincided with the Chinese ruling party appointing its leaders for the next decade.

Since June, Google has been warning people in China who use its search engine about searching for certain keywords that might trigger China’s Internet police. These restricted keywords include the names of top leaders, high-profile dissidents, and references to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Source: Google Transparency Report, via Wall Street Journal


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