Sunday, 4 January 2015

China blocked the Gmail services

by Ziuby

Google Inc's #Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. A #China-based freedom of speech advocacy group #'' said, Large numbers of Gmail Web addresses were cut off in China.

The country is host to the world's most sophisticated internet censorship mechanism, known as the Great Firewall of China. Google's own Transparency Report, which shows real-time traffic to Google services, displayed a sharp drop-off in traffic to Gmail from China. A Singapore-based spokesman for Google wrote in an email that they've checked and there's nothing wrong on their end.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she did not know anything about Gmail being blocked, adding that the government was committed to providing a good business environment for foreign investors.

One popular way to get around China's internet censorship is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which allows unhindered access to blocked sites and services.