The cloud-storage site Dropbox is seemingly inaccessible in China again, just four months after access was granted to netizens, according to data from the censorship monitoring organization GreatFire.org. The exact same pattern occurred in 2010, but this year’s ban is looking to be more severe.
The censorship monitoring organization GreatFire.org indicates on its website that the file-sharing tool has been blocked at 86% over the past 90 days. This ban comes after China’s extreme crackdown on Google services in the wake of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square movement.
The Next Web reports:
While it is common for China to surpress overseas internet services and their users around the anniversary, which is one of the most controversial dates in the country’s history, it is unprecedented for the clampdown to last for nearly four weeks, as is the case right now.
Speaking using a pseudonymn, one GreatFire founder told TNW that the organization believes China’s blocking of Google and the reversal of its policy on Dropbox shows the country “is willing to crack down on other foreign services more harshly than ever.”
The founder went on to explain that this particular block on Dropbox seems more serious than before. While the previous block prevented users from accessing Dropbox.com, they were able to use desktop apps to some degree during that period — this time around, however, the GreatFire founder believes all Dropbox-related services could be blacked out in China.
Naturally, users aren’t enjoying this ban.
Anyone know any good #dropbox alternatives? My work files now can't be accessed by workers in china because it's now been blocked.
— anferni (@anferni88) June 19, 2014
By Aliaume Leroy
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