I don’t blame the Chinese for taking a swipe at Google. My reaction is, “what took them so long?” You’d think that, by now, Google wouldn’t work anywhere in China. When outages like this happen, it’s easy to speculate as to what might have actually happened:
Google has said that a problem that meant that Chinese users of its service were unable to access search results on 30 March was due to a technical error.
Many reports had speculated that the block may have been put in place by the Chinese government.
Earlier this month Google stopped censoring its search results in China in defiance of the government.
The company now redirects Chinese users to the uncensored pages of its Hong Kong website.
A spokesperson for the firm said the “lots of users” had been unable to access the Hong Kong site today.
“This blockage seems to have been triggered by a change on Google’s part,” the spokesperson said.
Or was it?
Both sides are just big enough to confuse the facts and play public relations games. Why should anyone care if Chinese citizens can’t use Google? Well, it’s not so much the search engine as it is the almost indispensible products like Gmail and Blogger that are really of so much value. Without them, you might as well stop trying to dissent against your own government.