Google 'Overestimated' Extent of Services Block in China

Lora Bentley

What's the first Monday of a new month without a short Google-China update? It's been more than four months now since Google started redirecting searchers on mainland China to its Hong Kong search portal, and just over one since the company stopped the automatic redirect and began using again.


According to Reuters, Google reported Thursday its Web search and other services were completely blocked in China. Fast forward a few hours, though, and the search giant admitted it may have overestimated the extent of the block - that it may not have been a block at all, but instead resulted from a glitch.


Friday, Mercury News quoted Google's director of corporate communications, Jill Hazelbaker, this way:

Because of the way we measure accessibility in China, it's possible that our machines could overestimate the level of blockage. That seems to be what happened last night when there was a relatively small blockage.


She explained that the reports used to monitor access to Google services in China are not generated in real time and are only checked once a day.

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