Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Google Agrees to Censor Results in China

Breitbart reports Online search engine leader Google Inc. has agreed to censor its results in China, adhering to the country's free-speech restrictions in return for better access in the Internet's fastest growing market.

Interesting. They refuse to provide information to help fight child pornography, but they agree to help the Chinese government suppress their citizens, in return for greater access to China.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company planned to roll out a new version of its search engine bearing China's Web suffix ".cn," on Wednesday. A Chinese-language version of Google's search engine has previously been available through the company's dot-com address in the United States. By creating a unique address for China, Google hopes to make its search engine more widely available and easier to use in the world's most populous country. Because of government barriers set up to suppress information, Google's China users previously have been blocked from using the search engine or encountered lengthy delays in response time. The service troubles have frustrated many Chinese users, hobbling Google's efforts to expand its market share in a country that expected to emerge as an Internet gold mine over the next decade.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Danny Sullivan has a well rounded article at:
http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/060125-072617

Note that Yahoo and MSN are already censoring search results (without telling the users about it unlike Google).