Since announcing that it was moving its China-based search engine to a Hong Kong site, Google has been publicly tracking accessibility of its services in China, and the reports have remained stable for the past week. Today, however, Google is reporting the first interference with its mobile Internet services. The Financial Times reports:
The company’s move follows observations made by users in China that since March 22, relatively non-sensitive searches on Google would sometimes lead to browser error messages although the results would be visible on terminals outside the mainland.
On Monday, the US internet company said the availability of its mobile service had started to “fluctuate”, and it was unclear whether this would continue or whether it was a direct response to its move last week.