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Google China Uncensors Tiananmen Square Info

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 73 comments

Big trouble in big China over Google's censorship adherence.

Google's been talking about it for months now, and this week the rumblings grew louder that the Internet search giant plans to cease censorship of results for users of Google.cn in China.

Those plans may have been put into action earlier than anticipated, as news agencies are reporting that certain previously censored results are now freely displayed on Google's China site.

Specifically, results relating to the Tiananmen Square democracy protests, Tibet and regional independence movements are now displayed for Google.cn users in China, reports MSNBC. These topics are currently under strict control by the Chinese government.

Even when using more general search times such as "Tank Man" in Chinese, Google still returned a result showing the iconic image from the June 4, 1989 protest. Google.cn also returned the same image result when searching for just "June 4," as well as giving uncensored information when searching for "Tiananmen Square massacre."

While Google made indication this week that it was almost certain that it would be uncensoring search results and/or pulling operations out of China, the company denies that it has changed anything yet.

"We have not changed our operations in China," said Google spokesman Scott Rubin.

Expect more updates soon.

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    winner4455 , March 17, 2010 11:43 PM
    I still think the guy who had the guts to stand in front of tanks is epic.
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    Mousemonkey , March 17, 2010 10:44 PM
    It's about time.
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    Bolbi , March 17, 2010 11:33 PM
    Hooray for freedom of speech!
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  • 38 Hide
    Mousemonkey , March 17, 2010 10:44 PM
    It's about time.
  • 36 Hide
    Anonymous , March 17, 2010 11:32 PM
    This will be interesting to see unfold!
  • 36 Hide
    Bolbi , March 17, 2010 11:33 PM
    Hooray for freedom of speech!
  • 30 Hide
    Trueno07 , March 17, 2010 11:34 PM
    Bad-ass.

    It's hilarious to see a Company like google pressing the buttons of the bigger countries in the world.
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    FilthPig2004 , March 17, 2010 11:39 PM
    It's all fun and games until a dozen Chinese teenagers are executed for crimes against the state.
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    omnimodis78 , March 17, 2010 11:40 PM
    This is great news - but everything the Central Party does is done deliberately and always for a reason, and since we all know that they are not about to lift the curtain of propaganda, false-history and censorship, I scratch my head and wonder what they have up their sleeves. We shall see...
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    winner4455 , March 17, 2010 11:43 PM
    I still think the guy who had the guts to stand in front of tanks is epic.
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    randomizer , March 17, 2010 11:49 PM
    China will force all DNS queries for Google to redirect to another search engine now.
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    duk3 , March 17, 2010 11:50 PM
    Go google!
  • 14 Hide
    Anonymous , March 17, 2010 11:59 PM
    you cant help but smile
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    mlopinto2k1 , March 17, 2010 11:59 PM
    Trueno07Bad-ass.It's hilarious to see a Company like google pressing the buttons of the bigger countries in the world.
    It won't be funny when they stomp a new mudhole in them.
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    qwerty45 , March 18, 2010 12:01 AM
    China just got told haha
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    steveoh , March 18, 2010 12:07 AM
    "We have not changed our operations in China"

    It's Beijing Bob!
  • 8 Hide
    Shadow703793 , March 18, 2010 12:14 AM
    One word: PWNED!
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    Hupiscratch , March 18, 2010 12:21 AM
    Now we´re going to know how bad ass Google is.
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    randomizer , March 18, 2010 12:25 AM
    The funny thing is, for all the publicity around Google pulling out of China, they complied (without any argument) with a whimsical request by the Australian Human Rights Commission to remove search results for an Encyclopedia Dramatica page.
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    Danielw719 , March 18, 2010 12:27 AM
    Can a country declare war on a company? We will soon find out!
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    dheadley , March 18, 2010 12:28 AM
    It's great that the executives safely here in the states found the courage to do something like this. Not so great for the sad sap Google employees in China that will feel any wrath the Chinese government wants to dish out. Likely about the time the Google brass are teeing off at the country club, some poor schmuck Chinese office workers will get tossed in a cell for their "crimes" against the state.
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    darkguset , March 18, 2010 12:37 AM
    It seems that all those scenarios in games we play, where "companies" run the world with their private armies etc is becoming reality!

    on another issue, it is about time China becomes a more relaxed country. They will still be powerful and will even look better in the eyes of everybody in the world.
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    killerclick , March 18, 2010 12:37 AM
    What's going to happen? Most likely Google gets blocked in China, Bing moves in, plays nice and dominates that billion-people market.
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