Google made good Monday on its promise to stop filtering search results in China, and is redirecting all visitors to Google.cn to its unfiltered Chinese search engine in Hong Kong. But China is certain to get the last word by blocking Mainland users from reaching the Hong Kong servers or even more drastically, taking back control of the internet address Google has used there for four years.
Now a search on June 4, the day of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, returns 226 million results. Formerly that search, and thousands of other terms like it, had limited results and a notification to users that search results had been hidden due to the rules of China’s Communist government.
Google shocked the business world on Jan. 12 when it publicly announced it was no longer willing to abide by its 2006 deal with the Chinese government after it was the target of hacker attacks the company attributed to China. Google went into China with hopes that censorship would lessen over time, but in 2009, China’s leadership instead increased demands on search companies and tried to mandate state-run filtering software on all PCs.
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