Flickr, OneDrive and messaging apps face disruptions in China
A massive pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong may have prompted China's censors to block several foreign Internet products, including messaging apps Line and KakaoTalk, and Microsoft's OneDrive storage service.
The product outages began earlier this week, following a rally in Hong Kong that brought out half a million people on July 1. Line continues to investigate the access problems, but has yet to find the cause, a company spokeswoman said Friday.
The popular social networking app from Japan lets users send messages, photos, and make voice calls. But since the outages began on July 1, some users have been struggling to send and receive messages over the app.
Kakao, the company behind another mobile messaging product KakaoTalk, was also unsure what had caused the disruptions, a spokesman said. Users already registered with the app can still chat and make voice calls, but other features like adding new friends are no longer functioning.
On Friday, Microsoft said it was also investigating access problems with its OneDrive service in China. From Beijing, Microsoft's OneDrive site was inaccessible.
I use Line all the time, but as I do not communicate with anyone in China, I have not had any problems.