People residing inside the Great Firewall of China have been unable to access Google services. Numerous reports confirm that China has blocked access to various Google services over the past week. But the Chinese authority hasn’t officially confirmed this.
In an article, CNET writes that China-based regulators over the past week have blocked various Google services including search, Gmail, and Google Drive. Chinese government did not make any official statement or any confirmation that it has blocked access to Google services from the country, but reports coming from China lead to believe that the country, known for its censorship on the web, has blocked Google.
So what might have triggered the country to block Google?
The answer can come from the history. According to CNET, “It’s believed that the blockade is tied to this week’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in which the Chinese killed, injured, and arrested mass numbers of unarmed protesters.” To avoid further protests on the web or sparked from the web, Chinese government blocks or censors some of the web communication tools and services around this time every year. The inaccessibility of Google services from China is the sign that the Chinese government is doing it again.
Google has a rough relation with China. What impact the latest block on its services will have on Google remains to be seen as a comment from Google was not available at the time of this writing.
Other popular social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google-owned YouTube, however, have remained inaccessible since long before this latest round of censorship in China.