Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Gmail service has reportedly been restored in China after a number of people confirmed they were able to access their accounts on mobile devices. The confirmation comes four days after accessibility through third-party applications was barred as the communist government tries to regulate the use of foreign Medias.
Traffic Picking Up
The shutdown of the service ended mysteriously as it had begun with users of Gmail on POP and IMAP servers affirming that they saw their inboxes full again after being frustrated for days. Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has not confirmed whether the service is back, and it is still unclear as to the number of people who can access the service at the moment.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Transparency Report, on the other hand, showed a slight improvement on the traffic numbers compared to the previous days where it was down to zero percent. One expert has already confirmed an uptick on the graph but maintained it was too early to say the service was back to normalcy. China has been successful in blocking foreign website by the use of the so-called ‘Great Firewall’ that blocks access to foreign internet services. Twitter and Facebook are some of the sites that are completely blocked with the firewall.
Google has for a while seen it services bared in China with the recent one being in the lead to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Despite the frequent outages, Gmail remains popular with its growth believed to have grown exponentially after people discovered how to access it through the use of third party POP and IMAP clients.
The return to normalcy is a huge relief to foreign companies operating in mainland China who rely on Gmail services as the official channel of communication due to its high levels of security. While normal service have resumed, observers maintains the service remains at the mercy of regulators who will always be at hand to block it.
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