Popular security software company Avast is the latest overseas technology company to get caught in China’s censorship net after users began reporting that its service and website were blocked inside the country.
Data from GreatFire.org shows that Avast.com has been unavailable in China since Sunday. Users of Avast — which claims over 220 million global users of its antivirus and security products for Windows, Mac and Android — posted screenshots on Weibo, Avast’s forum and other sites showing issues.
Perhaps by coincidence, a recent Reuters report claimed that overseas antivirus firms Symantec and Kaspersky Lab had been removed from a list of approved anti-virus software vendors for state organizations.
Antivirus Maker Avast Is Latest Overseas Tech Firm Blocked In China | TechCrunch