(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – As multiple news outlets have reported, access to Gmail by users in China has been blocked for more than four days. Chinese censorship has been to blame prior to the June 2014 crackdown during the 25th anniversary of the Tianamen Square massacre.
A previous loophole allowed access via IMAP/SMAP/POP in third party emails apps, but now it seems that the powers that be have managed to block Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail also. The best workaround has been using a VPN or proxy tool but even this seems to have been recently shutdown.
A Google spokesperson has stated that there is nothing wrong on their end and in response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying claims to know nothing about Gmail being blocked, stating that the government is committed to providing an open, transparent and good environment for foreign companies. Oddly enough, the hardest affected are the same foreign businesses that rely on Gmail for commerce and daily business dealings.
Access to Gmail has slowly been restored according to Google’s real-time traffic charts, and it is expected that traffic will continue to grow in the next couple of days.