As of Friday, Chinese Gmail users now have no way to access their accounts. It’s apparently the work of the Chinese government, which is blocking certain Hong Kong IP addresses used to access Gmail.
“We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end,” a Google spokesperson told Reuters.
The government started blocking the web version of Gmail in June of this year, around the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The e-mail service was still available via third-party e-mail protocols like IMAP, SMTP, and POP3. Now it will be impossible to access Gmail from China at all without a tool that masks IP addresses, such as a VPN.
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