Google says multiple services blocked in China

SAN FRANCISCO Fri Nov 9, 2012 3:17pm EST

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc said several of its online services have been blocked in China.

Traffic to Google's services in China dropped sharply beginning Friday evening there, according to an online "Transparency Report" website operated by Google, which provides updates about access to its services in different parts of the world.

Among the sites affected were Google's search engine and its Gmail web email product.

The disruptions come as China's once-in-a-decade meeting to appoint new leadership gets underway.

A Google spokeswoman said the company did not know why the disruption was happening. Google said in a statement that it had "checked and there's nothing wrong on our end."

Google's YouTube video service has been inaccessible in China since 2009, while access to other services in China are blocked sporadically.

In 2010 Google relocated its Chinese search engine to Hong Kong after a spat with authorities over censorship and cyber-attacks that Google said originated in China.

(Reporting By Alexei Oreskovic; editing by John Wallace)

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TahaAli wrote:
A small act by china closing Google services showing its attitude :) toward super power.

“China will overtake the United States in the next four years to become the largest Economy in the world, says a leading international Think Tank.”

Nov 09, 2012 3:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:
TahaAli: “A small act by china closing Google services showing”… nothing else but the fact that china is a totalitarian country.

Nov 09, 2012 5:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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