Everyone’s writing about Google’s cessation of censoring search results in China. Here’s a sampling:
Thomas Claburn reports:
Ending months of speculation, Google on Monday stopped censoring search results in China.
The company has done so by redirecting searchers who arrive at Google.cn, its search site in China, to Google.com.hk, which relies on servers based in Hong Kong.
Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond, in a blog post, explained that figuring out how to keep the company’s promise to stop censoring Google Search, Google News, and Google Images on Google.cn was difficult.
Read more on InformationWeek.
The BBC adds:
The US National Security spokesman, Mike Hammer, said: “We are disappointed that Google and the Chinese government were unable to reach an agreement that would allow Google to continue operating its search services in China on its Google.cn website.”
China’s official Xinhua news agency said Google had violated a “written promise” and was “totally wrong” to end censorship of its Chinese-language search portal Google.cn.
Chinese government officials had warned Google repeatedly that it would face consequences if it did not comply with the country’s censorship rules.
But Ryan Singel of Wired thinks that China will get the last word.