Google China Uncensors Tiananmen Square Info

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 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 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. 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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Mousemonkey
    It's about time.
  • This will be interesting to see unfold!
  • Bolbi
    Hooray for freedom of speech!
  • Trueno07

    It's hilarious to see a Company like google pressing the buttons of the bigger countries in the world.
  • FilthPig2004
    It's all fun and games until a dozen Chinese teenagers are executed for crimes against the state.
  • omnimodis78
    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...
  • winner4455
    I still think the guy who had the guts to stand in front of tanks is epic.
  • randomizer
    China will force all DNS queries for Google to redirect to another search engine now.
  • duk3
    Go google!
  • you cant help but smile