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Google is back in China again

After about a month of being totally blocked in China, Google is back up and operational.  In the time leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protest, and the massacre that took place there, Google and a number of other web services have been completely shut down.

According to the Chinese government, they had nothing to do with these sites being blocked, and that it was actually an issue on Google’s side.  Of course, that seems exceedingly unlikely, especially given the timing.  Google had confirmed that there were no issues on their side, and that their sites were being blocked by the communist government.

In addition to Google’s search functions; those in China were unable to access Google Maps, Flicker and the South Korean based services Line and Kakao Talk.  These services too have been restored.

For marketers who promote products in China, this will undoubtedly be a huge relief.  Despite the political problems in China, there are hundreds of millions of potential customers who are able to make purchases of many types of products, especially informational products which are popular with many online marketers.

Of course, there is no way to know when or why China will choose to block these services again, which is one of the major risks of marketing to customers in countries with overly restrictive governments.

About Michael Levanduski

Michael Levanduski is the assistant editor of Performance Marketing Insider, and an experienced freelance writer. He writes content for a wide range of sites in virtually every niche, though he specializes in technical writing as well as creating content for the performance and internet marketing industry. Michael was born in Grand Rapids, MI where he still lives with his wife and three children.

8 comments

  1. China govt. did it showing very lame reason. Sometimes they blocked social sites also. Very bad.

  2. Good news! But can’t people in China use proxies or vpns? Google is too good to not use it

  3. indeed, but why was it blocked in China before. thanks its back.

  4. Good step and it will be taken by open hands round the world,there are many other stuff which need to penalized but they are still live….

  5. There are more then 2600 websites banned in china. It inclued youtube too.

  6. There should be a law which is follwoed by all the countries

    • Michael Levanduski

      Where would these laws be set up and how would they be enforced. Good idea in concept, but impossible to implement (at least for now).

  7. in china baidu is a most popular search engine. how much it popular means? after Google baidu is the most popular search engine.

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