Regular service on Google has returned for users in China after more than a month of disruptions and blocks.
Many online services were disrupted last month in the run up to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square, with many critics leveling the blame at government officials for further censorship.
In particular, users were restricted from Google Maps and email services but Reuters reports today users can now access these services with no qualms. Reuters adds that a number of its journalists in China could verify this but Google has provided no comment.
GreatFire.org also carries the news, with a representative speaking with Reuters under the condition of anonymity:
“I’m not sure if it’s a temporary glitch or a change of policy,” said a member of the group who used a pseudonym. “If Google indeed is unblocked, it’s a big victory for free speech.”
There are still concerns that the lifting of the block may only temporary. The news happens to come on the same week that Instagram has disappeared from app stores with no explanation.