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Google Accuses China of Playing Dirty Pool

It said China has been making it hard for Chinese users to access the e-mail system and send e-mails or IMs

Google accused the Chinese government Monday of screwing with Gmail and making it look like it was Google's problem.

It said China has been making it hard for Chinese users to access the e-mail system and send e-mails or IMs since the end of January.

"There is no technical issue on our side," it said, "we have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail."

Google also complained about "highly targeted and apparently politically motivated attacks against our users. We believe activists may have been a specific target."

The crackdown apparently has to do with the spreading protests in the Middle East and China's fear its people will get ideas.

Bloomberg said the Communist Party-affiliated People's Daily recently called Google a "tool of US expansionism and hegemony" that's "playing its political cards in China" after disseminating subversive content in the Middle East that led to disorder there.

Other Internet services have reportedly been having problems too.

It is believed the censorship is about to get worse.

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