Google has accused the Chinese Government for interfering with its email service Gmail as the government attempts to crack down on a “Jasmine Revolution” – a dissident movement inspired by the protests in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and across the Middle East.
Chinese customers and advertisers have, according to The Guardian, complained about the service in the past month, such as attempting to send messages or even mark messages as unread. It is also being reported that its People Finder service, used to help find people in the aftermath of a huge natural disaster – such as the earthquake in Japan – has also been compromised.
“Relating to Google there is no issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail,” a spokesman told the British newspaper.
This has not been the first time that Google experienced problems with the Chinese Government. In January 2010, the company revealed that the Chinese Government tried to crack into Google’s servers, and reversed its decision to censor results, which it had done in order to gain a presence in China.
It has since moved most of its China-based operations to Hong Kong, a part of China but is fully autonomous of the Communist government.