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Google has had enough of China

It took a few months, but Google has finally had enough of China. Google and the Chinese government have been at odds ever since Google claimed that it systems were hacked by the Chinese. “In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google,” wrote Google Chief Legal Advisor David Drummond back in January. “However, it soon became clear that what at what first appeared to be solely a security incident--albeit a significant one--was something quite different.”

Since that time, a war of words has been escalating and U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has even gotten involved. Now, Google has finally put its foot down with regards to China – it's tired of the network attacks and it's tired of censoring search results to appease the Chinese government.

“So earlier today we stopped censoring our search services—Google Search, Google News, and Google Images—on,” wrote David Drummond, Google's Chief Legal Officer, on the company's official blog today. “Users visiting are now being redirected to, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong.”

Drummond goes on to say that the Chinese government has been unwilling to compromise or hear Google's side of the argument when it comes to censorship, let alone the network intrusions that originated in China. Also noteworthy is that Drummond specifically mentions that U.S. executives alone were responsible for the decision to shut down “None of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them,” Drummond emphasized, likely in a nod to ensure that nothing fishy happens to the Chinese employees.

Despite the fact that will cease to exist, Google maintains that it will continue to pursue its research and development efforts in China.

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RE: why?
By deputc26 on 3/22/2010 4:13:18 PM , Rating: 3
I applaud Google. Ethics > $. Altruism exists.

RE: why?
By Smilin on 3/22/10, Rating: -1
RE: why?
By JediJeb on 3/22/2010 5:18:25 PM , Rating: 2
What do they censor in those countries? I doubt they censor they types of things they censor in China like any talk of a free society. Censoring obscenities is very different from censoring ideals. If someone posted naked photos of my child I would want those taken down which could be considered censorship, but if someone posts ideals that conflict with mine, even about posting photos of my child, I would let that stand because I think it is wrong to censor ideals.

RE: why?
By Smilin on 3/22/2010 5:26:08 PM , Rating: 1
What do they censor in those countries? I doubt they censor they types of things they censor in China like any talk of a free society.

It varies country to country but there are indeed some countries where the censorship is very similar to that of China. Turkey for example doesn't let you badmouth the government.

Checkout some of the links in my other posts...

RE: why?
By rbfowler9lfc on 3/22/2010 7:35:12 PM , Rating: 2
Why do they Censor in other countries then? UK, France, Thailand, Turkey, Germany, Israel etc...

There must be some kind of erroneous processing at the DT server that holds the comments, I've seen yours at least 2 times before in the same thread.... Weird....

RE: why?
By Smilin on 3/23/2010 9:30:30 AM , Rating: 1
I'm blatantly repeating myself as everyone else is blatantly falling for the "google is being a good citizen" tripe.

I was surprised to find out how much Google censors myself though so I can't fault others who haven't heard this.

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