As a part to better and internal security, the government of China has opted for more covering over internet communications in the last weeks- something that has made things difficult for Google and its customers.
Reports have mentioned on how Chinese exporters had to struggle to place Google ads for overseas buyers. But, that’s not all, and it’s not mere businesses that have been affected.
Beijing’s biotechnology researchers had issues in calibrating an expensive microscope in the summers because the online instructions weren’t available.
On the other hand, international companies had their own issues with Gmail and Google Calendar. Many have admitted to be a drain on productivity. Line and Kakao Talk, popular messaging services of South Korea, were blocked in summer, just like others like Talk Box and Vower.
Twitter and Facebook have already been censored by China’s Great Firewall, which is a system of filters. The aim of the system is to control the internet traffic, both in and out of China.
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Google, along with many other companies, have tried to lobby for an ease in the restrictions, but China’s scrutiny continues to intensify. Back in July, antimonopoly investigators had raided many of the offices of Microsoft and copied huge data from hard drives.
The blocking of web and other problems in the urban centers of China has let to many companies moving out to places like Singapore, where internet is fast and open.
Back on September 18, when Alibaba’s IPO in in New York happened, it seemed China has a huge presence in web businesses, but that’s fact that many disagree with. Many claim homegrown internet services are poorer in comparison to multinational options.
A report on TOI said, many of the local search engines like Baidu are of no comparison to Google, which has the best resources on web beyond doubt. This comes when access to many of the academic sites around the world have been blocked.
On the whole, Google’s business in China seems to be on a standstill. The share in the Chinese search engine market has already decreased as compared to 2009, when it had its servers there. Currently, even Google Play is partly accessible in China.
Quite obviously, locally run application stores are rising, which has given rise of piracy of software. Companies, on the other hand, are forced to create new app versions for China, as compared to what is available on App Store.
Google, which hosts libraries of coding scripts available publicly, has to face issues there as well, as China has blocked most libraries.
Currently, the Chinese authorities only allow a small fraction of Google activities and searches each day, with mobile searches being better than other devices. The government continues to unblock Google only for few hours every month, before blocking it again.
For now, internet security seems to be more important on the list of Chinese securities, more than commerce or scientific research. Google’s woes are only bound to increase, and it remains to be seen on whether startups and companies choose to stay there.