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China censors are turning up heat on Google

Google shutted down its Chinese search operations and redirected users to Hong Kong. China immediately started blocking politically sensitive search queries, just as it does for all Web content outside the firewall. Reports are coming out of China that censors are turning up the heat on Google, and “searches on any topic delivered an error message,” according to Telegraph. A China blogger says all searches on Google return the “white screen of death” and result in a connection reset. Although some Tweets from inside China say they have no problems with Google being blocked. The hiatus began at around 5pm on Tuesday in China. Although it was still possible to access Google’s websites, searches on any topic delivered an error message. Google was unable to immediately confirm the cause of the problem, but said it was investigating. Chinese internet users blamed the “Great Firewall” for blocking Google searches. Google’s email services were unaffected. In addition, Google said its mobile search has been partially blocked in China, leaving mobile phone users unable to use the Google search function. The developments suggest that Chinese government is preparing to make its move against Google, after the company moved the servers of its search engine to Hong Kong last week to avoid censorship.


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