China blocks access to Google's Gmail service

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China blocks access to Google's Gmail

Google's popular email service has been blocked in China, and anti-censorship advocates are blaming the country's mass censorship apparatus—known as the Great Firewall of China—as the likely culprit.

Data from Google shows that traffic to Gmail from Chinese servers has dropped close to zero since Friday, The New York Times reported.

People who wish to access their Gmail accounts in the country will need to use a virtual private network, which can allow access to blocked sites and services.