Google’s services are currently being blocked in China ahead of Wednesday’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, according to a censorship watchdog called GreatFire.org.
Reuters reports that many in China have noticed the government has been disrupting Google’s main search engine, Gmail and other services linked to the tech giant since last week.
Although there’s been no official statement from the Chinese government, GreatFire.org, and countless other outlets, are linking the activities to this week’s anniversary and claim the disruption is part of an attempt to limit protests against the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been blocked in China for years, but it’s not uncommon for the government to take censorship to a whole new level at this time of year and even block certain comments on China-based services, like Weibo.
By Becca Caddy | June 2nd, 2014