Monday, March 22, 2010

Free speech showdown continues: Google v. China

Google Stops Censoring Results, Making Block by China Likely
March 22, 2010
Busniess Week
By Brian Womack

Google Inc., following through on a pledge to stop censoring search results in China, began serving mainland Chinese users via its unfiltered Hong Kong site, a move that could prompt the government to block the service...

Google moves China search service to Hong Kong
Alexei Oreskovic
Mar 22, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc moved its China Internet search service to Hong Kong in a bid to resolve its dispute with Beijing over censored search results while keeping a foot in the world's largest Internet market.

But comments on Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, suggested that Google's attempt to strike a balance may not go over well with Beijing. Xinhua quoted a government official as saying Google has "violated its written promise" and is "totally wrong" by stopping censorship of its Chinese language search results.

Google said on Monday it intends to continue research and development work in China, as well as maintain a sales staff, even as it effectively stopped serving search results from its mainland Chinese site and redirected traffic to an unfiltered search site in Hong Kong.

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