The door to Google and many of its other services has been almost fully closed to China’s public since Friday. The hand on the knob belonged to that of the country’s communist government, who reached a verdict on the internet juggernaut’s accessibility level during a meeting between the 18th Chinese Party Congress, a meeting which happens on rare occasions to appoint new leadership in government.
A website that reports daily traffic to Google from every corner of the world, Google Transparency Report, showed a remarkable fall in figures just a couple of days ago, highlighting the sudden change.
A range of services provided by Google, such as Google Drive cloud storage, Gmail and Google Maps, are now unavailable, having been reportedly blocked on a national scale across China. Though this is the case, Google is yet to officially confirm the ban, with a spokesperson for the giant search engine commenting that they’ve checked and there’s ‘nothing wrong on our end.’
Google’s relationship with the Chinese government over the past few years has been one of turbulence, with Google rerouting searches entered by China’s mainland to servers situated in Hong Kong in 2010. It was hoped that by rerouting the searches they would be able to dodge mass censorship and provide unsuppressed results. However, it was not long before ‘The Great Firewall of China’ made itself known and began both partially cloaking and blocking websites.
These restrictions will undoubtedly put mass strain on users who previously had accounts with services such as email and cloud storage, and will also considerably limit the number of Google Drive’s potential cloud storage customers.
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