Google services return, then disappear again, as China block remains

China appears to still be blocking access to Google services

China briefly unblocked Google services in the country on Thursday, more than a month after it first started imposing blocks in the run-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations. However, by Friday the block was back in force.

In early June advocacy group reported that the Great Firewall of China was being used to block access to Google services ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests.

On Thursday afternoon it noted that access to some services had returned, with a report on Reuters noting that local residents were using the services again. However, by Friday the block was back in place.

Writing on Twitter, GreatFire suggested that a glitch in the so-called Great Firewall of China was to blame for this temporary respite on services.

V3 contacted Google for comment on the ongoing censorship of its services, but had received no reply at the time of publication.

The issues of censorship in China comes at a time when the European Union (EU) is itself facing accusations of creating a censorship regime with its so-called Right to be Forgotten ruling allowing people to hide information that Google could present.

Google has admitted it is struggling with the ruling, with around 70,000 requests received in just two months, while the UK government has said it wants the law removed from any new data-protection laws, citing some concerns with censorship.

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