Google has banned ads for virtual private network (VPN) products for Chinese people, tools that can help people to get around government censorship. The company said its ban is based on “local legal restrictions.”
“It is currently Google Ads policy to disallow promoting VPN services in China, due to local legal restrictions,” Google said in an email received by VPNMentor, a website featuring VPN products. Google prevented ads being placed for the Chinese version of the site.
VPNs allow people in China to access websites blocked by government censorship.
Following increasing restrictions in 2017 the Chinese government imposed a full ban on VPNs in March 2018. The first fine for someone using a VPN was issued earlier this year.