Google Gmail users in China have been cut off from the world’s largest web email service. Users began seeing the loss of Gmail on Friday and it’s pretty much widespread through China this Monday morning. Greatfire.org is a Chinese freedom of speech advocacy group that has been following the events since they were first reported on Friday.
“I think the government is just trying to further eliminate Google’s presence in China and even weaken its market overseas,”
“Imagine if Gmail users might not get through to Chinese clients. Many people outside China might be forced to switch away from Gmail.”
“We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end,” a Singapore-based spokesman for Google said in an email.
There’s no love lost between the Chinese government and Google and it’s no secret that China maintains a strict control over the Internet and the flow of information in and out of China. The famed “Great Firewall of China” is one of the world’s most complex censorship platforms designed to keep the outside world out of China and everything filtered according to the governments parameters. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had this statement to make.
“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.”
We’ll try and keep abreast with the latest news about the Gmail outage and update as we can. What do you think of Google Gmail being cut off in China? Chinese government or not? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.Source: Reuters
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