Less than a day after Google revealed that it would become a subsidiary of a new holding company called Alphabet, users were barred from accessing its website in China.
Nobody ever said Chinese censors weren’t effective.
Despite the currently bare appearance of http://abc.xyz and various reports about the new parent company in Chinese media, censor-tracking website Greatfire.org confirmed that the website 100 percent blocked in China.
In a post published to Google’s official blog on Monday, CEO Larry Page described the corporate restructuring:
Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. […] Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business, with Sergey and me in service to them as needed.
Google China moved its servers from mainland China to Hong Kong in 2010 when the company refused to comply with search censorship. In June last year, China users also lost access to google.com.hk, and all of its online services have been banned in the country as well.