Google Web Services Again Strangled at Chinese Border
It appears that the controversy between search engine giant Google Inc. and the Chinese government may still be continuing, with many online services provided by Google Inc. to mainland China being severed.
It is still unclear whether this is merely a service disruption due to technical difficulties or a renewed effort by the Chinese Government to block certain Internet services once again.
It was thought that the protracted disagreement over Internet censorship which began in January 2010 had finally come to an end with the granting of a license renewal earlier this month.
Since January 2010 there have been some intense negotiations taking place and a compromise was eventually reached that saw the online services restored at the beginning of the month.
China has long been harshly stringent with its censorship of certain matters both on and off line. Google Inc. which has an open door policy when it comes to freedom of information and strongly believes in free online speech, eventually shut down its service to mainland China and offered it through Hong Kong instead.
This latest blockage has been reported as a significant interruption of services, affecting, Internet search, mobile and advertising platforms. Google Images and its News service were also having problems with partial blockages.
The Gmail Email service is reportedly not experiencing any problems at this point in time. An official response from Google Inc. about the severity and length of these service outages in China is not yet available.
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