Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

For shame, Google

I just want to put something up to express profound disapointment. Google, a company I’ve believed in for years, has decided to give into censorship in exchange for better access to the Chinese market. Google will get a .cn domain, and searches in China will now exclude anything the Chinese government wants.

Google hasn’t gone as far as Yahoo yet—forking over user information that lands dissidents in jail—but with today’s action I wouldn’t put it past them.

For shame, guys. For shame. I thought better of you.

Links: CNN, Boston Globe/AP, Google Google group.

PS: To think, people were congratulating them for refusing to give anonymized user searches to the US government, as if that were a serious issue. (“I support freedom!” one soon-to-be-duped fan wrote on their support group.) Censoring search results in exchange for a little money? That’s a real issue.

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