China has long banned the web version of Gmail, but has now restricted access through mobile applications as well. This means that if you’re a Chinese resident, you cannot access Gmail or use its authentication from any mobile apps when in the region. This comes after the local government banned Google services like Search and Maps in the country.
Google claims that Gmail traffic in the region has sunk to an all time low, reaching nearly zero, although users can still access it using VPN services. China has taken these measures amidst growing security concerns which has also led to the banning of Sky News and Facebook in the region.
In response to the government’s move, Google simply said – “We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end.” So it seems like the government and Google have reached an impasse with no quick resolution in sight.
What do you make of this news? Is China being too harsh on Google and its users in the country?