China Now Censoring Chinese Google Search Results

March 23, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

Google decided to move their Chinese search engine to Hong Kong yesterday, and while the Chinese government still hasn’t prevented access to the website, they’ve taken some actions to limit its usage.

Many expected that China would outright ban Google and block its services, but Google.com.hk is still accessible for Chinese users. However, searching for some specific keywords yields results which are unclickable – you can’t follow the links given.

It’s also interesting to note that repeatedly searching for some specific keywords and phrases results in completely disabling the user’s access to the website. On the other hand, it appears that all you need to do is reboot the computer to circumvent the blocking.

This is pretty much what the Chinese government has been doing to Google.com search results before, and it was the driving force behind Google’s decision to enter the country in 2006, providing a more reliable and faster service which was unfiltered. However, being located inside China, Google were obliged to comply to the country’s self-censoring laws, something which they stated would not happen.

[ Via CNET ]

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