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Google Introduces Uncensored Results In China

Theoretically legal workaround redirects Google.cn users to Google.com.hk

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Google’s followed through on its promise to promote free speech in China, as Chinese citizens who attempt to conduct searches on Google.cn today will not encounter censored results.  Instead, they will redirected to Google.com.hk, where Google is offering an interface and uncensored search results in simplified Chinese.

David Drummond, Google’s SVP of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, announced this move minutes ago on the Official Google Blog.  He explained, "We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from Google.com.hk is a sensible solution to the challenges we’ve faced – it’s entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China."

 

With regards to the obvious question of whether the Chinese government will allow this maneuver, Drummond then continued, "We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services.  We will therefore be carefully monitoring access issues, and have created this new web page, which we will update regularly each day, so that everyone can see which Google services are available in China."

Finally, here’s a statement making clear that Google doesn’t want to cut all ties with China, and also that Google’s Chinese employees shouldn’t be punished for anything that’s happened.  Drummond wrote, "In terms of Google’s wider business operations, natural penis enlargement we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk.  Finally, we would like to make clear that all these decisions have been driven and implemented by our executives in the United States, and that none of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them."

Google Introduces Uncensored Results In China


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  • http://lanta-krabi.blogspot.com/ Lanta

    Tut Tut, you do realize that graphic is not in a Chinese font.

    HK is not big with a population of 7 million compared to 1.3 billion in china. I can`t see how Google HK would have anywhere near the capacity service the extra influx. Double or Triple I could understand but 200 times! Maybe its an indication of exacly how many CN customers Google actually has.

    • Doug Caverly

      With regards to the text: yep, but that’s my poor old computer’s fault, not Google’s.

      And with regards to capacity: you make a good point. Drummond warned, “Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over.”

  • http://www.controldatanic.com agency collection

    Hong Kong is not considered mainland china, they still have their own government and different money from mainland china. China is still censored

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    I may have missed something here but why cant the people use bing or yahoo or other search engines instead of google?

    • Doug Caverly

      People can use ‘em, they just can’t expect to see uncensored results. Microsoft’s made clear that it will abide by Chinese laws, and Yahoo’s Chinese operations are actually owned by a company called Alibaba.

  • http://www.raief.com Gregw

    I commend Google for this move. I was hoping for something like this. If it works it will be a better solution than an outright move of leaving China altogether.
    I would like to see the Mainland Chinese continue access to Google and what it offers.

  • http://www.zhongguolu.com/ china maps

    In China now everything re-directs to google.com.hk, where as before you could search google.com, google.uk, etc etc etc, which most users knew about anyway

  • http://www.duranseo.co.il Duran seo

    google is finally going for the whole jackpot !
    revealing the truth and no being evil is prior to money !
    way to go !

  • http://www.statisticalconsultants.co.nz/ Dion

    Although Google would most likely lose a lot of money from doing this, they would still be making a profit. It is not like the Chinese market was vital to their survival.

    Speech and press freedoms are necessary so that individuals have enough information to develop a sophisticated set of beliefs. Allowing information and opinions from a wide variety of sources, makes it easier for individuals to distinguish between opinions and facts; and truth and lies. The Chinese dictatorship not only snuffs dissenting opinions, but also covers up facts.

    Anyone who supports the freedom to express opinions and opposes human rights abuses should support Google and not Yahoo or Microsoft. Despite its vast riches, those running Microsoft still feel they can

  • http://www.statisticalconsultants.co.nz/ Dion

    Yahoo! are scum. They helped the Chinese dictatorship persecute journalist Shi Tao. Shi Tao was given a 10 year prison sentence for emailing a brief list of censorship orders to the Asia Democracy Forum. Yahoo! told US Congress that they didn

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