Chinese Users Report Google’s “question and answer” Page Blocked
Posted by Author on August 2, 2010
By OWEN FLETCHER, The Wall Sreet Journal, Aug. 2, 2010 –
BEIJING— A new Google Inc. question-and-answer page for Chinese users was inaccessible in China on Monday less than two weeks after Google announced the service.
Users in China reported problems viewing the site, http://www.google.com.hk/wenda, but a Google spokeswoman said the company was having no technical problems.
“Google.com.hk has generally been available to users since we moved our search services there,” she said.
She declined to comment on whether Chinese authorities had blocked the question-and-answer service.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which oversees the Internet industry, didn’t immediately reply to a fax requesting comment.
The access issues highlight concerns that Google could lose Chinese users and advertisers if some of its services are seen as not reliable. Uncertainty has clouded Google’s future in China since the company in March moved its China search service to Hong Kong over concerns about Chinese government censorship requirements.
Google launched the new service, labeled “beta,” on its Hong Kong site after saying last month it would end technical support for a similar service from mainland Chinese Internet company Tianya. Google at the time emphasized its intent to keep serving Chinese users…….(More details from The Wall Sreet Journal)
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