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Google services in China disrupted again, after brief respite

Reuters, BEIJING

Google Inc services were once again being disrupted in China yesterday after a brief respite on Thursday, users and an anti-censorship group reported, continuing more than a month of severe disruption.

Features such as Google’s search, maps, online advertising services and e-mail client have been rendered almost inaccessible for users in China.

The Google disruption began in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the government’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Tiananmen Square.

Google has declined to comment.

China-based anti-censorship group reported that Google services appeared once again to be inaccessible within China.

The Great Firewall, the tool the government uses to block Web sites it deems undesirable, experienced a glitch that allowed Google services to work, said.

“It looks like merely a bug of the Great Firewall,” said a member of the group who used a pseudonym. “It’s blocked again.”

The brief restoration of access had occurred as US Secretary of State John Kerry was visiting Beijing, where cybersecurity was high on the list of topics he discussed.

Other online services are also experiencing disruption in China, which began last week. These include South Korean Naver Corp’s Line and KakaoTalk, owned by South Korea’s Kakao Corp, both of which are mobile messaging apps.

Disruptions have also been affecting Yahoo Inc’s photo-sharing site, Flickr, and Microsoft Corp’s OneDrive cloud storage platform.

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