Google Now "Fully Blocked" In China [UPDATE: It Was A Status Error]

Google, the brave search engine company who refused to censor search results in China, seems to be finding itself entirely unwelcome in the country: Apparently Google is now fully blocked in China. Update: False alarm due to a Google issue.

It is worth noting that "Google defines "fully blocked" as 67 percent to 100 percent accessibility disruptions on its website reporting China availability." [Reuters]

Update: User reports appear to disagree with Google's status messages at the moment, but there's no official statement yet. [TechCrunch]

Update 2: Google has gone on the record to explain that the "fully blocked" status message users were seeing on the status tool was a bit buggy:

Because of the way we measure accessibility in China, it's possible that our machines could overestimate the level of blockage. That seems to be what happened last night when there was a relatively small blockage. It appears now that users in China are accessing our properties normally.

Please also note that the dashboard is not a real time tool.

So that leaves us with a buggy status tool, a false alarm, and a lot of Google China users who can let out a sigh of relief. [TechCrunch]