Date
24 August 2017
LINE suffered breakdowns in Taiwan on Monday and in mainland China on Tuesday. The timing of the mainland outage sparked rumors it had been taken down by the Chinese authorities. Photo: Japan Times
LINE suffered breakdowns in Taiwan on Monday and in mainland China on Tuesday. The timing of the mainland outage sparked rumors it had been taken down by the Chinese authorities. Photo: Japan Times

LINE July 1 outage triggers China shutdown rumors

Japanese mobile chat app LINE was down in mainland China for 22 hours Tuesday, sparking rumors it had been taken down by the Chinese authorities, am730 reported Thursday.

The outage, which began at 10pm, came hours after more than 500,000 people marched in Hong Kong on the 17th anniversary of the handover from Britain, demanding more democracy.

A similar crash occurred in Taiwan on Monday afternoon, cutting off more than 17 million users.

On Wednesday morning, LINE said it was doing its best to restore the service but did not mention the cause of the breakdown.

In early May, LINE received complaints that the app would automatically filter sensitive words related to the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown in 1989.

LINE later said it was due to “optimization procedures” in China and did not affect users in other countries.

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