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Gmail Access Partially Restored To China

Gmail services were partially restored to some Chinese users after a four-day outage.

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Updated – Dec. 30 at 9:01 a.m. ET:

China has restored access to Gmail after four days of outage, the Financial Times reported.

Access restored to Gmail in China http://t.co/0xesTvQ2Nu

Financial Times@FinancialTimesFollow

Access restored to Gmail in China http://t.co/0xesTvQ2Nu

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Some users reported that their access to Gmail had been restored.

GMail on my China Mobile 4G seems to have been restored. Maybe they caved under all the uproar, or maybe it was a glitch. Hope it lasts.

Kaiser Kuo@KaiserKuoFollow

GMail on my China Mobile 4G seems to have been restored. Maybe they caved under all the uproar, or maybe it was a glitch. Hope it lasts.

1:09 AM - 30 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others reported that their Gmail was still not working.

seems too early to say Gmail IMAP works in China. here's an email that's not sent after 7mins of trying:

Steven Millward@SirStevenFollow

seems too early to say Gmail IMAP works in China. here's an email that's not sent after 7mins of trying:

9:05 AM - 30 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The extent of access to China's Gmail users remained unclear, although Google's website showed Gmail usage was slowly increasing Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Gmail still not working on Apple mail app on iOS if using China Mobile 3G equivalent.

Edward Wong@comradewongFollow

Gmail still not working on Apple mail app on iOS if using China Mobile 3G equivalent.

5:39 AM - 30 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Gmail has been fully blocked in China after months of reportedly slow and spotty service, analysts said.

The outage began on Friday and is ongoing, Chinese free speech advocacy group GreatFire.org told Reuters.

The service's main webpage has been disrupted for some time, Reuters reported, but people were able to use Gmail via apps and other mail clients. Some have blamed China and its Great Firewall. As Reuters reported:

"I think the government is just trying to further eliminate Google's presence in China and even weaken its market overseas," said a member of GreatFire.org, who uses a pseudonym.

"Imagine if Gmail users might not get through to Chinese clients. Many people outside China might be forced to switch away from Gmail."

Access to Google products plummeted on Dec. 2 and remained near zero through Dec. 28 — the latest available figures, according to Google's Transparency Report.

A Google spokesperson told Reuters that "there's nothing wrong on our end."

Tom Namako is the deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tom Namako at tom.namako@buzzfeed.com.

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