Google partially blocked in China

Google has reported this Wednesday that its search service in mainland China has been partially blocked, exactly at the same time Beijing must decide whether to renew the US company’s license to operate the largest Internet market in the World.

In an effort to keep their Chinese license, Google has guaranteed that it will, within the next 48 hours, stop automatic redirection of traffic coming from Chinese users to its Hong Kong search site to avoid government censorship.

So far, Beijing has not ruled on whether this commitment will be enough to allow Google to stay in the Chinese market which has nearly 400 million users, that is led by the local search engine Baidu Inc.

The search engine warned in January that it was considering to abandon the Chinese market amid concerns regarding censorship and an attack by a hacker attack who they claimed originated in China.

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