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Communist Google?

Published January 25, 2006 in Internet
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Google
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Google has joined the many other search engines who have had to apply strong censorship in order to enter the internet searching market in China. China, who wants words such as 'happy' (you never know), 'democracy' and 'human rights' banned from the search results has got its way once again with Google.

Google Bows for China

According to a report by the Associated Press, Google Inc. launched a search engine in China on Wednesday that censors material about human rights, Tibet and other topics sensitive to Beijing _ defending the move as a trade-off granting Chinese greater access to other information.

Within minutes of the launch of the new site bearing China's Web suffix ".cn," searches for the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement showed scores of sites omitted and users directed to articles condemning the group posted on Chinese government Web sites.

Searches for other sensitive subjects such as exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, Taiwan independence, and terms such as "democracy" and "human rights" yielded similar results.

It was once rumored that the Chinese government said, 'Human rights is for the woman and the weak.' Or was it Agamemnon (Troy) who said, 'Peace is for the woman and the weak.' Either way, you get the gist behind this strong censorship placed on Chinese web surfers.

Though Google is doing what many other search engines have already been forced to do, the search engine is still falling under heavy scrutiny. With the motto 'Don't Be Evil', it seems awkward for the company to team up with a government or organization to create misleading search results.

Julien Pain was against the agreement by Google and claimed, 'When a search engine collaborates with the government like this, it makes it much easier for the Chinese government to control what is being said on the Internet.'

What do you think? Sometimes we think Google has been paid off by our competitors to filter out any domains with 'canmag' in them. All kidding aside, I guess this means no searchable internet porn for Chinese browsers; and that is a scary thought.

Read the entire report on Chinese Google HERE.

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