An employee walks past the logo of Google in front of its former headquarters, in Beijing June 2, 2011 / GOOGLE/EXPERT/ REUTERS/Jason Lee

Google’s email service seems to have picked back up after days offline

Gmail has come back online, after a days-long outage that was initially pinned on the country’s Great Firewall.

The email service, the world’s biggest, went offline on December 26th but seems to be working again.

Users on Chinese social media said that the site was back, and a Google spokesman told the Financial Times that the company had “checked and everything is working on our end”.

Access has been steadily climbing this morning, according to Google’s Transparency Report, which shows data on access to services. The information is still being finalised for usage this recently, but has been at almost zero in the days since the outage was reported.

Internet groups initially blamed the Great Firewall, the Chinese government’s internet blockages that keep out sites that the government wants banning. But state media said yesterday that Google could be to blame, and that the outage could have been caused by technical problems.

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