The Chinese government blocked Google’s global website after 9pm local time Wednesday evening, the Financial Times reported. Although access to Google.com and Gmail was blocked, the websites could be accessed through proxy a server which typically means that a website is being blocked by internet censors. The move by Beijing indicated an escalation in the government’s crackdown on Google following the world’s leading search engine’s resistance to Beijing’s request to restrict access to foreign websites on its local www.google.cn website. While Google had taken down the buttons on its local website that enabled users to choose whether they wanted to search foreign or domestic sites, users could still search for foreign media websites.
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