Google Products Blocked In China As Communist Party Selects Leaders

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Google saw its services blocked in China on Friday. GreatFire.org, which monitors Chinese Internet censorship, says it’s the first time since it started tracking it back in February of last year, that this has happened.

The block reportedly includes google.com, mail.google.com, google-analytics.com, docs.google.com, drive.google.com, maps.google.com, play.google.com at least. Users can reportedly still access other country versions, such as google.co.uk.

“The Communist Party of China is currently holding its 18th Party Congress in which new leaders of the party and the country are formally chosen,” the site reports. “The fact that Google is blocked now is surely no coincidence. The big question is whether it will be unblocked again once the congress is over. We will closely monitor developments.”

TheNextWeb shares a statement from Google, which simply says, “We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end.”

Google and China have had a turbulent relationship since at least early 2010, when Google threatened to pull out of the country, before ultimately redirecting Google.cn to its Hong Kong site. Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google had “softened” its tone on China, but a spokesperson told WebProNews at the time, “Our position on China remains unchanged,” and that the redirect would remain in place.

Google has still maintained a presence in China, and has continued to operate other parts of its business (like Android) there.

Google Products Blocked In China As Communist Party Selects Leaders
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  • http://directory-nigeria.org Linda Ikeji

    The great fire wall of china has done it again. China does not joke with internet censorship.

  • Tag A. Long

    Google is the 4th ranked engine in China with less than 10% market share, I’m sure most Chinese internet users haven’t even noticed.

  • http://www.oirs.ca Len

    I get a lot of Chinese traffic to some of my websites and it dropped off drastically. Chinese traffic doesn’t convert, so no loss revenue wise, but I did wonder what was going on. I am going to keep an eye on GreatFire from now on so I no longer have to wonder.

  • http://arcadiusphotography.com/ Wedding Photographer

    thats just China, man – not surprised

  • Max

    As long as there are tools like VPN and quasi network at least some Chinese have a way to the outside world.

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