Updated: Google fully blocked in China

Reuters reports that Google is entirely blocked in China today, with only a very small percentage of users able to access the web service. As a result, Google shares have plummeted by 1.4 percent, and Baidu, China's largest search engine operator has seen a 3.5 percent increase.

According to Google's mainland China service page, Web Search, Suggest, Images, Youtube, Sites, Ads, Blogger, Picasa and Mobile are completely unavailable. In addition, Images, News, Docs and Groups are only "partially blocked" with between 10-66 percent of users unable to access the services. As of writing, the only service which isn't blocked is Gmail.

Google announced earlier this year that it would no longer censor results in China, after the attacks on the company were traced back to the Chinese government. The company was automatically redirecting all searches on Google.cn to Google in Hong Kong, where searches are allowed to be performed freely. The search giant came under fire for the move from the Chinese government, and was threatened to have their license revoked last month, so changed their homepage to show a mocked up version of Google, which when clicked, sent the user to Hong Kong again.

The move seemingly pleased the Chinese government earlier this month when they were re-granted their Internet Provider license, but this latest move could hurt negotiations further. Reuters tried to contact Google, but a spokesperson said that no information was immediately available.

Update: Google says this was just a status related error, and that all services should be behaving normally:

"Because of the way we measure accessibility in China, it's possible that our machines could overestimate the level of blockage. That seems to be what happened last night when there was a relatively small blockage. It appears now that users in China are accessing our properties normally. Please also note that the dashboard is not a real time tool."

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Is Google still matter in China? Most people thought that Google is the most used search engine in China, but actually not true at all. Considering Google's market share, the position of Google in China is just like the position of Ask.com in the United States. (Google's market share is around 15 percents, dropping since 2006) So, Google blocked? Chinese people don't care.

Besides that, if you come to China, I don't think they are preparing for fight their government for the "freedom". They are pround of what China has done and enjoy their lives. In fact, they are not what you think they are.

Oh, one news forgotten. Just around two hours after Google has been blocked, Google stand out to admit that the block is a "TECHNICAL FAILURE" caused by themselves and they are "OVERSENSITIVE". And the service has been recovered.

Actually...I don't get it..

What is the Chinese Government afraid their people will look up? It doesn't make sense. But if the Chinese keep buying up our businesses here in the U.S....it will be a matter of time before China blocks Google in the U.S.

potat4o said,
Time for google to purchase baidu.

Ha! Now that's an idea I like!

In fact, Google probably earn enough money to buy the Chinese government.

potat4o said,
Time for google to purchase baidu.

It would be great if they did that and carried on their idea of redirecting search engines to the uncensored Hong Kong version

Wow alot of people defending Google, I take the other view. Who the hell do Google think they are, attempting to tell a country what to do. Your a company Google, do as your told in each country or leave (again).

Saul Goodman said,
Wow alot of people defending Google, I take the other view. Who the hell do Google think they are, attempting to tell a country what to do. Your a company Google, do as your told in each country or leave (again).

It's called promoting freedom. My morals would tell me not to listen to the Chinese government either, if I was operating in their country. Would I pay the consequences of breaking their law? Of course. Would I feel proud that I stuck up for the value of freedom? Definitely

Google was honorable for having the balls to stand against China PRC.
But after all, it is always business.

"Don't be evil", yea, my ass.

computerchan said,
Google was honorable for having the balls to stand against China PRC.
But after all, it is always business.

"Don't be evil", yea, my ass.


Huh? Google said they'll pull out of China if they don't let them do uncensored searches. What happened: China let Google stay in the country, and Google is redirecting to Hong Kong to provide uncensored searches.

What's so bad about this? It's a solution to provide uncensored searches for Chinese mainland users, which is more than what Yahoo or Microsoft can say. Who's evil here?

Gmail isn't blocked though, and really, what f'n country would even think about blocking Gmail? What else is there? 5 billion Chinese can't be wrong friends.

Is anyone really surprised by this move?

I was gobsmacked that the Chinese let them go for so long, even after the .hk Google move.

Now the gloves are off, lets REALLY see what Google will do.

boo_star said,
Is anyone really surprised by this move?
Now the gloves are off, lets REALLY see what Google will do.

Nothing? It's not on them to decide something they can't control. Google is out of China, and that's the end of story.

Lawl what were they expecting? You break the laws of the country you're in, you pay the price.

Regardless of how logical the law seems to you, its the law there. Period.

/- Razorfold said,
Lawl what were they expecting? You break the laws of the country you're in, you pay the price.

Regardless of how logical the law seems to you, its the law there. Period.

It's highly illogical.

/- Razorfold said,

Was a typo and I can't edit my post. My point still stands.

I know .... I was joking referring to Spock famous line lol.

/- Razorfold said,
Lawl what were they expecting? You break the laws of the country you're in, you pay the price.

Regardless of how logical the law seems to you, its the law there. Period.


Yes most of the people can't seem to understand that laws and not moral or logic governs us, as harsh as it sound to a conservative kind of view, you have to obey the law or pay the consequences whether you agree or not its a totally different matter.
EU put a lot of restrictions to MS and Apple just like US censors a lot of European tv shows (the good samaritan from mitchell and web show) and still are the biggest critics of the books and heretics theories of Mr. Darwin (150 years later the world already moved on)...to each to its own just be happy to live where you do and live and let die, you won't win at guessing which is worst.

WJrandon said,
1.4% is hardly what I'd consider "plummeting". Still FU China.

Considering what GOOG shares are worth, its quite a steep loss for someone with a lot of them.

Astrotrax said,
China is being so lame. Grow up.
China has over twice the population and under half the natural resources that other large countries have, yet they are on the road to becoming the world's biggest economic superpower within decades. I'm pretty sure that China is doing a better job running China than you ever could.

Hot said,
China has over twice the population and under half the natural resources that other large countries have, yet they are on the road to becoming the world's biggest economic superpower within decades. I'm pretty sure that China is doing a better job running China than you ever could.

Yeah who needs freedom, human rights, or a clean environment?

/rolleyes

Hot said,
China has over twice the population and under half the natural resources that other large countries have, yet they are on the road to becoming the world's biggest economic superpower within decades. I'm pretty sure that China is doing a better job running China than you ever could.

Wow. what a great rethoric you got there. You really want to talk about China? about it's censorship? the single party system? the Hukou system, that is currently creating a pretty real second-class citizen problem? Civil rights violations like mistreatment of prisoners, even going so far as torture?
and about that economy...they are now the world's largest energy consumer, and since more than 60% of their energy comes directly from coal, those are some really nice figure for the environment. 20 of the 30 most polluted cities are in China. but hey, let's cut them some slack, they're a developing country.
Or the massive number of people that got thrown out in the street because of the olympics building needs.
There are so many things that we could talk about instead of it's economic power. So many things. So when you say that China is doing a better job running itself, you don't know what you're talking about.

Ghil said,

they are now the world's largest energy consumer, and since more than 60% of their energy comes directly from coal, those are some really nice figure for the environment.

America accounts for almost half the world's oil usage and in Oil equivalent dollars (or w/e that "currency" was) China just edged out America in energy usage. And America only has 1/4th the population China does.

So when you say that China is doing a better job running itself, you don't know what you're talking about.

I pretty sure he means a better job running their country than Astrotrax could Not other countries.

Hot said,
China has over twice the population and under half the natural resources that other large countries have, yet they are on the road to becoming the world's biggest economic superpower within decades. I'm pretty sure that China is doing a better job running China than you ever could.

You don't know me, and they're not. Believe it.

Hot said,
China has over twice the population and under half the natural resources that other large countries have, yet they are on the road to becoming the world's biggest economic superpower within decades. I'm pretty sure that China is doing a better job running China than you ever could.

Your post is dumb.

Ghil said,

Wow. what a great rethoric you got there. You really want to talk about China? about it's censorship? the single party system? the Hukou system, that is currently creating a pretty real second-class citizen problem? Civil rights violations like mistreatment of prisoners, even going so far as torture?
and about that economy...they are now the world's largest energy consumer, and since more than 60% of their energy comes directly from coal, those are some really nice figure for the environment. 20 of the 30 most polluted cities are in China. but hey, let's cut them some slack, they're a developing country.
Or the massive number of people that got thrown out in the street because of the olympics building needs.
There are so many things that we could talk about instead of it's economic power. So many things. So when you say that China is doing a better job running itself, you don't know what you're talking about.

you didnt describe china, you described america