The sporadic availability of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Gmail service in China has been reported after the email service was said to be completely blocked by the country’s government over the weekend.
According to The Financial Times, users of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s email service in China reported that the service was back online via POP and Imap servers.
The service is not available in the country but users found a way to circumvent what has been termed as the government’s “Great Firewall” by using the abovementioned servers to access Gmail.
However, in the four days leading to Tuesday, users said that they were unable to access the technology giant’s email service even through third-party services and servers. Gmail was also accessed by people in China using Microsoft and Apple email services.
Even days before the Gmail blackout in China, its users in the Asian country were complaining that the service was hard to access. Sending and receiving messages was cumbersome, people said.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has reacted to the news saying that it has checked its systems and that they all were working fine.
However, authorities in China are saying that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is to blame for the outage. An editorial in the state-run Global Times said that the U.S. tech giant was always welcome to do business in the country provided that it followed Chinese law. However, “Google values more its reluctance to be restricted by Chinese law, resulting in conflict,” the editorial reads, according to the Agence France-Presse.
The internet behemoth withdrew from mainland China in 2010 and moved its search business to Hong Kong and its servers elsewhere. The move was prompted by the company’s tussle against the Chinese government regarding censorship.
Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management owned 790,560 Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) shares by the end of the third quarter.