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Google may pull out of China by April

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

Friday, March 19, 2010
10 years ago3,456 views

technology.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

"Google could pull out of China as early as April 10, a Chinese newspaper [China Business News] reported today quoting an authorised agent for the search engine. "

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

If this is true – I doubt of it – Google will announce it next Monday.

RiyAndroid [PersonRank 8]

10 years ago #

‘Google is Greater than God’. But for the godless Chinese, Google is just a search engine. ;-)

Luke [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

they did take it down:

googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/0 ...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

What on earth...?

There's something more going on here than meets the eye, considering that Hong Kong is part of China. Why not serve uncensored results in Chinese from servers in the US or somewhere else, instead of from servers in Hong Kong?

There has to be a subplot here that we haven't understood yet.

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

google.com/prc/report.html#hl= ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

What a fail from Google...
Google Hong Kong will be censored in China in 5...4...3...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

[put at-character here]TOMHTML:
Google is not stupid. They must have considered this. Maybe there was a backroom agreement about this with the Chinese authorities, or maybe this is just the first phase because it could be implemented quickly. Google has a lot more Chinese-speaking employees in Hong Kong than in California.

Grega M. [PersonRank 1]

10 years ago #

businessinsider.com/google-don ...

>>this press release is from Xinhua, China's state news agency<<

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Wow, thank you @Grega, I've never seen a such un-objective press release in my entire life. Never.

[put at-character here]Roger I'm not sure there is any agreement. What China would lose from Google's quit? No so much after all...

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

[put at-character here]TOMHTML

Also see techcrunch.com/2010/03/22/chin ...

<<Xinhua, which is the official press of the People’s Republic of China, has a story about the redirect on its site. The 39-word story (the English version, anyway) offers nothing beyond some very basic, limited information.>>

And then it turns out to be all an early april's fools joke :-).

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

There is an interesting update to this article:
"Here’s a bit more from Xinhua, complete with the headline, “Indifference, uncertainty cloud Google’s China threat.” In it, it’s reported that 84% of over 27,000 citizens said they “don’t care” about Google potentially pulling out of China."

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

The statistic may not be useful if taken at face value*, though it may be interesting in terms of analyzing the communication strategy of the Chinese authorities.

*conducted from a single website (huanqiu.com); reported by a conflicted source (state news agency Xinhua); potentially skewable in choice of question, answers, and answer order (anyone saw the poll?); seemingly unrelated to real issue (article talks about Google pulling out, whereas right now they just redirect to HK).

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

[put at-character here]Philipp : from China, that precision was obvious ;-)

BTW, in a AFP article I've learnt later that China has already blocked some *requests* to Google. That means you can access to this site, but if you search for some specific keywords you get a blank page.

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Indeed,

neowin.net/news/china-fires-ba ...

<<When Google took the first step and stopped filtering its results for China, the world knew that China would not sit back and take no action. Early on Tuesday morning China began blocking access to or filtering results from google.com.hk.>>

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