Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China, the fight against Internet censorship and freedom of information rages on.
The recent blockade covers all Google services, including search, image, Gmail, maps, translation, either HTTP or HTTPS. All versions of Google countries have been blocked, including Google Hong Kong, Google.com and so on.
It is not clear if the blockade is temporary or a permanent blocking measure before the Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary. But the blockade has been on for four days now, and we’re guessing Google is estimated to be permanently blocked.
Google was blocked in 2012, that the blockade only 12 hours. It was then estimated that Chinese censors dis so to test public reaction “to block Google” button. This is the most severe services ever blocked. We condemn such acts of Chinese censors.
There are ways for Google to challenge the blockade, although Google has chose not to do so. Google can use the CDN (Content Delivery Network) to prevent IP blocking. Google anti-censorship functionality can also be embedded into Chrome Browser. Currently Chrome’s start page will not open for Chinese users.
Asked about the disruptions, a Google spokesman said: “We’ve checked extensively and there’s nothing wrong on our end.”
Google’s own transparency report, which shows details about its global traffic, showed lower levels of activity from China starting from about Friday, which could indicate a significant amount of disruption.
The Chinese government already blocks the popular foreign websites Facebook, Twitter and Google’s own YouTube.
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China forbids open discussion of the Tienanmen Square crackdown on 4 June 1989, in which soldiers opened fire on crowds of unarmed pro-democracy protesters, killing hundreds. Authorities strictly censor mentions of the event online. An official death count has never been released.