Gmail Blocked In China, Great Firewall Internet Censorship Likely Behind Move

December 29, 2014

In its latest move to target Google, China has blocked the search engine giant’s Gmail services in the country, following months of disruptions. While many Gmail web addresses were found to be inactive in China on Friday, users said that the service was down on Monday as well. Although the Gmail website has been inaccessible in China since June, users could still use the service via various protocols such as IMAP, SMTP and POP3 in third-party email applications like Apple’s Mail and Microsoft Outlook. But, with the new crackdown, China has closed that loophole as well.


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