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Google’s services blocked in China

Search engine giant Google’s several online services have been blocked in China following the country’s once-in-a-decade meeting to shift power to a new generation of leaders.

Google’s Transparency Report revealed that there was a sharp sink in traffic to several of Google’s services in China on 09 November 2012.

According to the report from Greatfire.org, a website that monitors Internet activity and access in China, Google’s services including Google.com, Google.com.hk, mail.google.com, drive.google.com, play.google.com, docs.google.com and maps.google.com have been inaccessible in China.

China’s government maintains media regulations that allow blocking websites it believes not complying with the rules.

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In 2010, search giant said that it would not meet the requirements and closed its local search page by redirecting users to a Hong Kong website.

Google said in a statement: "We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end."

Reports also reveal that the obstruction of Google services in China follows a move to avert protests and other possible disorders about the meeting.


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