Google Problems in China Again
Because of that, the users can not access it the program. The company’s technicians have analyzed the situation, and they have reached to the conclusion that the program is working in the proper manner. It is believed that the government has banned the program in order to prevent the access of “touchy” subjects, more precisely the crisis from the Middle East. The company said that the blocking was done in a clever fashion, as it looks as if the problems are with the company. The internet control in China is very strong, and numerous popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, are blocked by the government. Since the situation in the Middle East, the Chinese government has gone that extra mile in order to make sure that the users can not gain access to the information. People tried to react to the massive online censorship but they were stopped from doing so very soon.
The Gmail problems started in January, the same month when the pro-democracy protests started in the Middle East. People from China can not access the Gmail service, and they have a very difficult time when they try to send e-mails. They can not use the instant messaging feature either. On March 11th, the officials of the company said that there have been numerous political attacks against their users, and that they will try to solve the problem. It is unknown if Google tried to contact the Chinese government in order to take care of the problem. This has not been the first time when a clash between Google and the Chinese government occurred. In January 2010, the company stated that there have been numerous hacking attempts which came from the country, and that they believe that the attacks were ordered by the government. They stopped the cooperation with the government’s demand to censor search results for banned sites, and they moved the Chinese-language search engine to Hong Kong.11