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article imageChinese Internet censors may have blocked Gmail

By Sravanth Verma     Dec 30, 2014 in Internet
Beijing - Chinese Gmail users seem to be unable to access the service with visits from China to Gmail dropping precipitously on December 27.
"We've checked and there's nothing technically wrong on our end," Google said in a statement. Google's Transparency Report, which gives the status of various Google services around the world, showed a sharp decline in Chinese traffic, an 85 percent decline, from midday GMT on December 26.
No official statement was released by the Chinese government. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, was asked about the event at a news conference, and she said she was not aware of it. “China has consistently had a welcoming and supportive attitude towards foreign investors doing legitimate business here,” she said. “We will, as always, provide an open, transparent and good environment for foreign companies in China.”
Google has had issues with China earlier. In 2010, Google was the victim of a sophisticated attack that attempted to access Gmail accounts of Chinese human-rights activists. Google responded by threatening to pull out of the country and redirecting its Google China homepage to Google Hong Kong.
The Chinese government has also officially frowned upon Chinese citizens' dependence on Google's Android operating system. In 2013, the China Academy of Telecommunication Research released a white paper studying the trends of mobile development and usage in China, which many saw as a first step to regulating Android's presence in the country.
After the Gmail shutdown, there is speculation as to whether Yahoo and Microsoft will be the next targets.
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