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January 24, 2006

Google agrees to censor search results in China

Posted by David Hunter at 7:52 PM ET.

Next month’s Congressional hearings on technology companies aiding Chinese censorship that will feature Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo are going to have a lot to talk about as Michael Liedtke reports for the AP:

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.

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.

To obtain the Chinese license, Google agreed to omit Web content that the country’s government finds objectionable. Google will base its censorship decisions on guidance provided by Chinese government officials.

More by following the link including Google’s rationale.

Filed under Coopetition, General Business, Google, Governmental Relations

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One Response to “Google agrees to censor search results in China”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Microsoft, Cisco snub Congress China hearing Says:

    [...] More by following the link, but it’s clear that Microsoft and the others are going to take a hit whether they show up or not. Also, the Congressional hearings were actually scheduled before the latest revelation about Google agreeing to Chinese government censorship added fuel to the fire. [...]

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