Google Temporarily Blocked in China

Wed 14 November 2012 10:00, Vitto Christaldi

Google Temporarily Blocked in China

Google and its all major services were temporarily blocked in China last week on Friday. The blockage was speculated to be caused by the Chinese authorities.

The blockage of Google services took place just as 2.000 Communist party delegates from across China gathered in Beijing for the 18th. Chinese Communist Party Congress; the once-every-decade meeting is held to select a new group of leaders. Google announced that there was nothing wrong with their server. Therefore it is likely that the inaccessibility of the search engine was caused by local authorities.

This blockage marked the first time the Chinese authorities cut off access to Google since 2010. It is known that Google has already had a feud with Chinese authorities for a long time, mainly because the search engine refuses to censor the search results. In 2010, Google threatened to shut down in protest of censorship rules. However, two months later, the company decided to automatically redirect Chinese users to its uncensored Hong Kong site.

Next to Google Search Engine, some Google services have also been blocked a couple of times, especially during sensitive political times; for example: Gmail was blocked last March during protests known as “Jasmine Revolution”, or Google + has been permanently blocked since last June along with other social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, because the Chinese government fears the same protests will occur as it happened in Arabic countries (known as the Arab Springs).

Access to Google was restored on Saturday morning local time. Google was reported unavailable in China for 12 hours.


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