Mar 23, 2011

Google Says China Blocking Gmail

Google and China don't exactly have a great history together and in the latest twist Google has accused the Chinese government of blocking access to its Gmail email service. A Google spokesperson summed it up:

There is no issue on our side, we have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.

Gmail users within China can apparently still login to their account, but they can't actually carry out tasks such as sending email or accessing contacts. In other words it's pretty much unusable. Hit read more for details.

The spat between Google and the Chinese government stretched back to early last year when Google drew a line in the sand by saying that it would no longer censor search results, a practice the Chinese government requires for terms it deems 'sensitive' such as 'democracy' or anything to do with HH The Dalai Lama. Then there was the alleged hack by the Chinese government of Gmail accounts used by human rights activists so it shouldn't really come as any surprise that Gmail is once again in the firing line.

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