Who Blocks Access to Google?An Interactive Database

Since 2009, there have been at least 66 episodes when Internet users where unable to access Google products from their countries. These incidents regard almost 30 states around the world. China tops the ranking, being the places with most disruptions.

Why are people unable to access Google? According to the company "Causes for these disruptions vary, and include network outages and government-mandated blocks."

We imported all the information behind there 66 known Google disruptions in Silk. You can interactively query and visualize the data, which offers details on the incident, the Google products blocked, and the start/end dates. Note: when a service is "currently blocked", we used the current date (April 20 2015) to calculate the length of the disruption.

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Days of Disruption by County and by Product

Page Title
Start Date
End Date
Description
Source URL
Product
Days of Disruption
Region
Afghanistan - YouTube from 13/09/201213/09/201204/01/2013Authorities in Afghanistan have ordered that YouTube's website be blocked indefinitely to stop Afghans watching a U.S.-made film...Afghanistan orders YouTube block over anti-Islam filmYouTube113Afghanistan
Armenia - Google Search from 28/03/201128/03/201128/03/2011An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper to sell as scrap when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable...Georgian woman cuts off web access to whole of ArmeniaGoogle Search0Armenia
Australia - Google Search from 06/06/201206/06/201206/06/2012Google's Australian and New Zealand services were hobbled briefly last night due to a power outage at one of the Sydney data centres...Google Australian services hit by data centre outageGoogle Search0Australia
Bangladesh - YouTube from 06/03/200906/03/200911/03/2009The video-sharing web site YouTube has been blocked by Bangladesh after a recording of a meeting between the PM and army officers was posted…Bangladesh imposes YouTube blockYouTube5Bangladesh
Bangladesh - YouTube from 17/09/201217/09/201206/06/2013The government in Bangladesh has blocked YouTube to prevent people from seeing an anti-Islam video...YouTube blocked in Bangladesh over Prophet Mohamed videoYouTube262Bangladesh
China - Blogger from 02/06/200902/06/200928/07/2009Google's blogging platform Blogspot, aka Blogger.com, is blocked again.Blogger.com blocked, but not the Washington PostBlogger56China
China - Gmail from 26/12/201426/12/2014Currently BlockedGoogle Inc's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service ...Google's Gmail blocked in ChinaGmail115China
China - Google Maps from 21/01/201421/01/201421/01/2014A large portion of Internet traffic in China on Tuesday was redirected to servers run by a small U.S. company.China Websites Hit with DisruptionsGoogle Maps0China
China - Google Search from 01/06/201401/06/2014Currently BlockedGoogle Inc. services in China face blockages as the government tightens Internet controls ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square c…Google's China Services Slow Ahead of AnniversaryGoogle Search323China
China - Google Search from 09/11/201209/11/201209/11/2012Google's search engine and its Gmail web email were among the services affected in China...Google services blocked in ChinaGoogle Search0China
China - Google Search from 12/04/201212/04/201212/04/2012China's internet users have been cut off from accessing all foreign websites for around an hour in an unexplained incident that sparked spec…China's internet users temporarily blocked from foreign websitesGoogle Search0China
China - Google Sites from 11/10/200911/10/2009Currently BlockedGoogle Sites inaccessible.Google Sites2,017China
China - Picasa Web Albums from 16/07/200916/07/2009Currently BlockedStarting last week, Google’s Picasa Web Album has been blocked in China, adding to an already long list of websites blocked...Google Picasa Web Album Blocked in ChinaPicasa Web Albums2,104China
China - YouTube from 23/03/200923/03/2009Currently BlockedGoogle said Tuesday that its YouTube video-sharing Web site had been blocked in China.YouTube Blocked in China, Google SaysYouTube2,219China
Congo (DRC) - YouTube from 20/01/201520/01/201513/02/2015The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has imposed an Internet blackout on the country for a third straight day as protesters...Democratic Republic of Congo Extends Internet BlockageYouTube24Congo (DRC)
Egypt - Google Search from 09/09/201109/09/201109/09/2011All Google services partially accessible.Google Search0Egypt
Egypt - Google Search from 27/01/201127/01/201102/02/2011[The] Internet has never faced anything like what happened in Egypt on Friday, when the government of a country with 80 million people and a…Egypt Cuts Off Most Internet and Cell ServiceGoogle Search6Egypt
Georgia - Google Search from 28/03/201128/03/201128/03/2011An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper to sell as scrap when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable...Georgian woman cuts off web access to whole of ArmeniaGoogle Search0Georgia (Asia)
Hong Kong - Google Search from 06/11/201206/11/201206/11/2012Google's services went offline for many users for nearly a half-hour on the evening of November 5, thanks to an erroneous routing message...How an Indonesian ISP took down the mighty Google for 30 minutesGoogle Search0Hong Kong
Indonesia - Google Search from 06/11/201206/11/201206/11/2012Well, it looks like an error at an internet service provider in Indonesia prevented as much as 5 percent of the world’s internet users from…How a Network Snafu in Indonesia Blocked Google in CaliforniaGoogle Search0Indonesia
Iran - Gmail from 09/02/201209/02/201211/02/2012Based on reports received from Iran, the government has blocked access to the major sites plus websites using certain “Https” protocols.Iran shuts down Gmail, Google, Yahoo, and Sites using "HTTPS" ProtocolGmail2Iran
Iran - Gmail from 19/02/201219/02/201220/02/2012The Iranian government has yet again blocked all encrypted international websites outside of Iran that depend on the Secure Sockets Layer (S…Iran blocks internet access againGmail1Iran
Iran - Gmail from 24/09/201224/09/201229/09/2012Iran began the process of shutting down citizens' access to the Internet on Sunday by suspending access to Google and Gmail nationwide.Google Is the Latest Victim of Iran's War on the InternetGmail5Iran
Iran - Google Sites from 07/04/201407/04/2014Currently BlockedGoogle Sites partially accessibleGoogle Sites378Iran
Iran - Google Videos from 30/01/201130/01/201120/08/2012Iranians have found their access to major news websites even more restricted than usual as more foreign sites were blocked by a government f…More news websites blocked in IranGoogle Videos568Iran
Iran - YouTube from 13/06/200913/06/2009Currently BlockedThe main mobile telephone network in Iran was cut...popular Internet websites Facebook and YouTube also appeared to be blocked...Mobile phones, Facebook, YouTube cut in IranYouTube2,137Iran
Iraq - Google Search from 10/10/201310/10/201311/10/201397 networks experienced an outage in Iraq starting at 11:30 UTC on October 10. This represents 17% of the routed networks in the country.97 networks out in IraqGoogle Search1Iraq
Iraq - YouTube from 10/06/201410/06/201426/07/2014As Iraq faces a growing insurgency...the country's Ministry of Communications has blocked access to a number of social media sites on FridayFacebook, YouTube, Twitter Blocked in Iraq Amid CrisisYouTube46Iraq
Kazakhstan - Blogger from 12/01/201012/01/201027/06/2012The Kazakh nongovernmental organization For The Free Internet announced today that at least 14 websites have been blocked...NGO Says 14 Websites Being Blocked In KazakhstanBlogger897Kazakhstan
Kenya - Google Search from 25/02/201225/02/201225/02/2012An undersea fibre optic Internet cable that was sliced by a ship's anchor in the Kenyan port of Mombasa will be fully repaired...Repairs on Kenya web cable to take three weeksGoogle Search0Kenya
Kenya - Google Search from 26/04/201226/04/201226/04/2012Only 35 days after a repair ship fixed the TEAMS (The East African Marine System) submarine cable, this cable was cut again this morning...TEAMS Cable Down AgainGoogle Search0Kenya
Libya - Google Search from 03/03/201103/03/201121/08/2011Renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn at 23:18 GMT (Friday night, 1:18am Saturday local time…Libyan DisconnectGoogle Search171Libya
Libya - Google Search from 18/02/201118/02/201110/07/2011The Internet has been shut down in Libya, according to multiple reports.Libya's Internet reportedly down as violence against anti-government protesters continuesGoogle Search142Libya
Libya - YouTube from 17/02/201117/02/201110/07/2011Col Muammar Gaddafi's government in Libya has taken a series of measures, including blocking internet sites and shutting off electricity...Libya media crackdown amid anti-government protestsYouTube143Libya
Libya - YouTube from 23/01/201023/01/201021/08/2011On January 24th, 2010, Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT) has blocked access to the popular video sharing website YouTube...Libya blocks access to Youtube and independent websitesYouTube575Libya
Morocco - Google Earth from 01/08/200901/08/200904/06/2013Total censorship of Google Earth to the Morocco is a case unique in the world, while some countries have asked Google to not display...Censorship of the internet in the MoroccoGoogle Earth1,403Morocco
Myanmar (Burma) - Google Search from 05/08/201305/08/201305/08/2013On 5 August, all routed networks to Myanmar were withdrawn from the global routing table for a little over an hour resulting in a brief, but…Myanmar Internet DisruptionsGoogle Search0Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar (Burma) - Google Search from 09/03/201009/03/201001/05/2012A massive cyber attack has crippled Internet services in Myanmar ahead of Sunday's election, IT experts and web service providers say...Internet crippled ahead of Burmese electionGoogle Search784Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar (Burma) - YouTube (Unknown Start Date)23/08/2011Myanmar lifted bans on prominent news websites on Thursday, including some run by critics of the army-dominated government...Myanmar lifts bans on foreign news websitesYouTubeNo Start Date SpecifiedMyanmar (Burma)
Pakistan - YouTube from 17/09/201217/09/2012Currently BlockedPakistan blocked access to YouTube on Monday after the video sharing website failed to take down an anti-Islam film...Pakistan blocks YouTube over anti-Islam filmYouTube945Pakistan
Pakistan - YouTube from 20/05/201020/05/201026/05/2010A day after ordering that Facebook be blocked, the government also banned the video-sharing site, citing its "growing sacrilegious content…Draw Muhammad Day': Pakistan bans YouTube; Facebook still blockedYouTube6Pakistan
Palestine - Google Search from 01/11/201101/11/201101/11/2011The main phone network in the West Bank and Gaza has suffered a sustained attack by computer hackers, the Palestinian Authority (PA) says.Hackers' cut Palestinian phone and internet systemsGoogle Search0Palestine
Senegal - Google Search from 19/12/201219/12/201219/12/2012Le 18 décembre, à partir de 22h30 et 19 décembre 2012, l’ARTP a noté des perturbations sur les services Internet...Perturbations observées sur les services internet et les communications vers l’international au courant de la nuit du 18 décembre...Google Search0Senegal
Sudan - Google Search from 25/09/201325/09/201326/09/2013The move to cut connections appears to have been done by the government to prevent protesters using social media to organise riots.Sudan internet cut off as protests erupt against government in KhartoumGoogle Search1Sudan
Sudan - YouTube from 27/01/201127/01/201128/01/2011YouTube was partially accessible for 3 daysYouTube1Sudan
Syria - Google Search from 03/06/201103/06/201104/06/2011Syria's government appears to have shut down much of the Internet as protests and violence escalate there against President Bashar Assad...Syrian government unplugs Internet for much of countryGoogle Search1Syria
Syria - Google Search from 06/01/201306/01/201306/01/2013The Internet was cut in many parts of Damascus ahead of the address, apparently for security reasons, and some streets were closed.Defiant Assad Pledges to Continue FightingGoogle Search0Syria
Syria - Google Search from 07/05/201307/05/201308/05/2013The outage appears to have begun at 2:45 p.m. Eastern time, or 9:45 p.m. in Syria. According to a blog post by Umbrella’s chief technology o…Web monitor: ‘Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet’Google Search1Syria
Syria - Google Search from 15/05/201315/05/201315/05/2013Internet and telecommunications in Syria were down across the country, the state news agency SANA reported on Wednesday, saying a fault with…Internet, telecoms cut across Syria: SANAGoogle Search0Syria
Syria - Google Search from 19/07/201219/07/201219/07/2012On Thursday, Syria severed all Internet connections to the outside world for a total of 40 minutes.Syria disconnects itself from the Internet for 40 minutesGoogle Search0Syria
Syria - Google Search from 20/02/201420/02/201420/02/2014Following near-total Internet blackout in #Syria, service returns at 14:29:44 UTCNear-total Internet blackout in SyriaGoogle Search0Syria
Syria - Google Search from 29/11/201229/11/201201/12/2012Activists said President Bashar Assad's regime pulled the plug on the Internet... The government blamed rebel fighters for the outages.Internet Service Goes Out Across SyriaGoogle Search2Syria
Syria - YouTube (Unknown Start Date)08/02/2011Internet users in Syria say Facebook and YouTube are available for the first time in three years amid signs Damascus may be lifting its ban…Syria appears to lift ban on Facebook & YouTubeYouTubeNo Start Date SpecifiedSyria
Tajikistan - YouTube from 09/06/201409/06/201419/06/2014The chairman of Tajikistan's Association of Internet Service Providers told RFE/RL that YouTube stopped being accessible [...] as of June 9.YouTube Partially Blocked In TajikistanYouTube10Tajikistan
Tajikistan - YouTube from 23/05/201323/05/201320/08/2013The ban may be backlash over a video report of the wedding of President Emomali Rakhmon’s son Rustam, BBC Russian said.Tajikistan Blocks YouTube After Dancing President VideoYouTube89Tajikistan
Tajikistan - YouTube from 27/07/201227/07/201215/10/2012The Tajik authorities blocked access on Thursday to the video-sharing service YouTube in what is believed to be a response to uploaded video…Tajikistan Blocks YouTube over Protests, Users SayYouTube80Tajikistan
Trinidad & Tobago - Google Search from 29/03/201329/03/201329/03/2013Good Friday in Trinidad and Tobago was suddenly dubbed 'Black Friday' as the country descended into darkness, thanks to a nationwide ...Blackout has Trinidad & Tobago Bloggers Seeing RedGoogle Search0Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey - Blogger from 01/03/201101/03/201122/04/2011Google's famous blog hosting service, blogspot.com/blogger.com, has been banned following complaints by digital satellite platform Digiturk…Turkish court blocks Google's blogging siteBlogger52Turkey
Turkey - Google Books from 31/05/201031/05/201008/06/2010Turkey has banned multiple Google services, according to reports, including Google Translate, Google Docs, and Google Books.Turkey bans Google Books, Google Docs, Google Translate...Google Books8Turkey
Turkey - Google Docs from 31/05/201031/05/201009/06/2010Turkey has banned multiple Google services, according to reports, including Google Translate, Google Docs, and Google Books.Turkey bans Google Books, Google Docs, Google Translate...Google Docs9Turkey
Turkey - Google Sites from 24/06/200924/06/200911/07/2014ACCESS to the Website named http://sites.google.com/ be BANNED pursuant to Article 8 of the Law no 5651Google Sites1,843Turkey
Turkey - Google Translate from 31/05/201031/05/201008/06/2010Turkey has banned multiple Google services, according to reports, including Google Translate, Google Docs, and Google Books.Turkey bans Google Books, Google Docs, Google Translate...Google Translate8Turkey
Turkey - YouTube from 05/04/201505/04/201506/04/2015Authorities in Turkey have blocked Twitter and YouTube following a court decision on publication of images of a prosecutor killed by...Turkey blocks YouTube and TwitterYouTube1Turkey
Turkey - YouTube from 27/03/201427/03/201404/06/2014Turkey’s telecommunications authority said yesterday it had blocked access to YouTube.Turkey Blocks YouTube After Syria Incursion Plans LeakedYouTube69Turkey
Turkey - YouTube from 31/05/201031/05/201030/10/2010Turkish internet users have been tweeting that that they have been unable to access some Google Services over the past few days...Turkey Blocks YouTube, Inadvertently Blocks Google ServicesYouTube152Turkey
Uzbekistan - Google Search from 11/08/201111/08/201111/08/2011Dozens of popular websites in Uzbekistan have suffered from intermittent bouts of inaccessibility over the past week...Dozens Of Websites In Uzbekistan Suffer Access ProblemsGoogle Search0Uzbekistan

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A few weeks ago, Turkey blocked Youtube and the news circulated throughout media outlets. But this is not the first time this year a country temporarily blocked access to some Google service.



In February, also citizens of Congo (DRC) were cut off from YouTube. The blackout lasted for 24 days. It was part of a country-wide Internet ban, imposed after the anti governmental protests in that flamed the country.

Disruptions Events, Filtered for 2015

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China, Iran and Pakistan are the only countries with some Google products currently blocked. Of the terminated disruptions, Turkey, Morocco and Kazakhstan are responsible for the most lengthily ones. 

In 2009, the Turkish government introduced a law that banned access to all Google Sites. This law has been heavily condemned, especially as it violates the EU Convention on Human Rights, which the country ratified.




Since 2009, Google Earth has been blocked in Morocco. This is the only known ban on Google Earth in the world. There seems to be no official reason motivating the block.




Kazakh's major ISP blocked access to Blogger for almost 900 days (Jan. 2010 - June 2012). The service was banned together with other 13 websites, including Wordpress.

Top 20 Longest Disruptions (Number of Days)

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Details on the 10 Longest Disruptions

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Google Search has been the service most impacted by the disruptions. In almost half of the reported ones, citizens were unable to use the search engine appropriately. You Tube follows, accounting for about a third of all the blocks.

Number of Disruptions by Product

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China has so far been responsible for 9 disruptions. Basically all Google Services are blocked in the country.

Average Number of Days of Disruption and Number of Disruptions by Country

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Details on Disruptions in China

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