China’s Brief Block On Yahoo Resolved

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Google’s had its problems in China, but for a day or so, it seemed like Yahoo had been knocked out of the running entirely – the main site was inaccessible from within that country.  The block has now been removed.

For coverage of this incident, we can turn to Search Engine Journal’s Gemme van Hasselt, who lives in Shanghai.  “China Herald tipped me that the Yahoo.com website (the English version) didn’t resolve,” he reported.  “I checked, saw that it was true and thought I would check back the next day . . . .  I checked again and Yahoo.com is still unavailable.  Also search.yahoo.com stopped giving results entirely.”

Strangely enough, Yahoo China was unaffected by the block; Gemme hypothesizes that its Chinese owners (Alibaba calls the shots) might have provided some form of protection.

In any event, things are now back to normal.  Gemme remains in the dark as to the cause of this outage (as do the rest of us), and the Shanghai China Snippets site comments, “It’s up again.  The question is, is it accessible again because of a glitch in the Chinese firewall or is it allowed in again for good.”

That’s a good point – and one that has probably made more than a few Yahoo execs carry around bottles of antacid.  Of course, for the rest of us, Snippets adds, “The Chinese internet, never a dull moment…”

China’s Brief Block On Yahoo Resolved
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