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mikedee - 2:16 pm on Feb 4, 2008 (gmt 0)
They are all at it, removing sites from the index is nothing compared to what MS and Yahoo do and have done.
The French advocacy group reports that at least 20 blogging services, including Yahoo!.cn and MSN.cn, have agreed to the new "self-discipline pact" laid down by the Internet Society of China, a spin-off from the Information Industry Ministry. Under the pact, the services are encouraged to store the real names and contact details of Chinese bloggers and delete "illegal and bad" information from user comments.
I expect that the conversation went something like this (in all cases)..
China : Please removes sites x, y and z from your index, we do not like them. Google : No way! we are all for free speech and do no evil.. China : OK - we will block you at the great firewall and we will also take over google.cn and redirect it to our 'internal' search engine. Google : Errrr..... Well just this once