Gmail in China

Gmail is a mess in China after months of trouble, with some indicating that it is responsible for this "Great Firewall," as reported by

Large number of addresses gmail were blocked in China on Friday, according to, an organization for freedom of expression based in China. According to users, the service is still out of service today.

"I think the government is just trying to further reduce Google's presence in China and weaken its overseas markets," said a member who uses a pseudonym. "Imagine that Gmail users can not get in touch with Chinese customers. Many outside of China will be forced to leave Google's e-mail service. "

Google's transparency report, which shows real-time traffic to Google services, has shown a sharp drop in Gmail traffic from China on Friday. "We have audited and there is nothing wrong with us," said a spokesman for Google in Singapore via email.

Problems have been noted in almost all of Google's services in China since June, but until last week Gmail users could see emails downloaded through protocols like IMAP, SMTP, and POP3.

It is reminded that the country has the world's most sophisticated Internet censorship mechanism, also known as the Great Firewall of China. Critics say it deliberately hinders foreign online services in the year with the goal of creating an Internet detached from the rest of the world.

Erl Zimjevski, her executive Dyn Research, confirmed at Mashable that an "IP-level" block in Gmail has taken place. "China has a number of ways in which it can block material. One of the coarsest is simply blocking an IP address, and when you do that, you block all the material available to IP, "he said.


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