Google: Users in China again cut off from com­pany’s ser­vices

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

Google Inc. said Thurs­day that its search en­gine and other ser­vices were abruptly cut off from main­land China. It’s the first time Google has re­ported its search en­gine be­ing com­pletely blocked since it be­gan post­ing pub­lic up­dates four months ago in an at­tempt to work around China’s cen­sor­ship poli­cies.

It’s un­clear why Google’s search en­gine was sud­denly fenced off, or whether China’s govern­ment was block­ing the ser­vice with technology tools known as the “Great Fire­wall.” The no­tice on Google’s web­site re­port­ing the bar­rier pro­vided no de­tails, and a spokesman at the com­pany’s Moun­tain View, Calif., head­quar­ters said he was un­able to elab­o­rate.

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