In most respects, 2014 has been a rough year for Google in China.
Products from Google’s search engine to its translator have been largely inaccessible on the mainland since early June, around the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre – possibly because authorities wanted to clamp down on discussion of a taboo topic. In the last few days, Gmail just got even harder to use, as data from Google showed that access had dried up.
People used to be able to read their Gmail via a third-party service like Microsoft Outlook; now users complain they can only get in through a virtual private network, or VPN, which people use to climb over China’s Great Firewall. Google ruled out a technical glitch: “We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end,” the company said in an email. China’s government never explains why some sites suddenly go dark.
Source:: AdAge – Digital