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Google censorship in China; conflicts with sanctomonious statement

Conflicts with sanctimonious statement on their website



4:36 pm on Jul 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wonder how Google reconciles the following statement (from [google.com...] with their policy of filtering the search results of their Chinese users.

We're committed to providing thorough and unbiased search results for our users; therefore, we cannot participate in the practice of censorship

Perhaps now that they have caved in [marketingvox.com] to China's demands they will remove this holier-than-thou statement from their site?


5:46 pm on Jul 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld a_r_2005!

Don't forget they have different policies for their different sites. You are talking about Google.com policy for the US market. The Chinese market follows these rules [google.com...] I don't expect a change on Google.com anytime soon :)


11:06 am on Jul 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your reply, goodroi.

Sorry if this appears pernickety, but when Google say 'we cannot participate in the practice of censorship' it is clearly an attempt to make Google, the company, sound like it has a moral highground. Now, there would be nothing wrong with that if the actual statement were true, which it probably was when they origionally wrote it. However, now that they have shown that they are prepared to engage in censorship (i.e, sacrificing their moral high-ground in exchange for, essentially, financial gain) they should certainly remove the statement from their site.

(and yes, I have allready emailed them about this; no response, and no action taken)

My Chinese isn't that great (understatement of the year!) but according to the <URL=http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&u=http://www.google.com/intl/zh-CN/remove.html&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.google.com/intl/zh-CN/remove.html%26hl%3Den%26hs%3Dx7v%26lr%3D%26c2coff%3D1%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official>automatic translation> they say the following:

<QUOTE>Because the Google pledge provides the comprehensive objective search result to the user, therefore, we cannot participate on-line material appraisal.</QUOTE>

Somewhate disingenuous, wouldn't you say, given that Google DOES actually censor the results of search requests coming from China?


11:09 am on Jul 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sorry for the formatting in the above message. I'll use the 'preview' button from now, I promise :[smilestopper])

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