That's that: Is No More

Google has been in the spotlight recently over its consideration to end its operations in China. All came to light when Google stated that some of its services--like Gmail--were hacked from someone within China.

The search giant then announced that it would consider closing its doors in China over censorship, sparking heated debate with the Chinese government. Since then, speculation over when Google close its China doors have run rampant. Today however, Google flipped the switch and has ceased all censoring in China. Google reps indicated that it would still keep some offices open for busines.

From Google's official blog:

On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence to suggest that the Gmail accounts of dozens of human rights activists connected with China were being routinely accessed by third parties, most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on their computers. We also made clear that these attacks and the surveillance they uncovered—combined with attempts over the last year to further limit free speech on the web in China including the persistent blocking of websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs and Blogger—had led us to conclude that we could no longer continue censoring our results on So earlier today we stopped censoring our search services—Google Search, Google News, and Google Images—on Users visiting are now being redirected to, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong. Users in Hong Kong will continue to receive their existing uncensored, traditional Chinese service, also from Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over. Figuring out how to make good on our promise to stop censoring search on has been hard. We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement. We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from is a sensible solution to the challenges we've faced—it's entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China. We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services. We will therefore be carefully monitoring access issues, and have created this new web page, which we will update regularly each day, so that everyone can see which Google services are available in China. In terms of Google's wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Finally, we would like to make clear that all these decisions have been driven and implemented by our executives in the United States, and that none of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them. Despite all the uncertainty and difficulties they have faced since we made our announcement in January, they have continued to focus on serving our Chinese users and customers. We are immensely proud of them.

  • cryogenic
    I love you Google, human rights is not something to be taken lightly!!! I really do love you!
  • astrodudepsu
    It's a step in the right direction. Censorship anywhere is an affront to liberty everywhere. GG google.
  • Sythix
    Google 1 China 0
  • Hellbound
    Good.. That sort of censorship is bad anyways. I hate how governments try to control people.
  • CanadianPothead
    Google obviously doesn't care about human rights, only one motivation : more money
  • nicklasd87
    Google, destabilizing nations since 2010 ;)
  • doc70
    And, the world is still spinning...
  • brendano257
    "Google reps indicated that it would still keep some offices open for busines." - Gee I wonder how long it will take before these building are surrounded by "soldiers" with no 'official' relation to the Chinese government ;)

    Honestly, Google has the right to do this. Censorship just shouldn't happen (although it's good for parents vs kids, @China - your citizens are not children, they can think for themselves now.)
  • Shadow703793
    CanadianPotheadGoogle obviously doesn't care about human rights, only one motivation : more moneyWould you care to explain how giving up market share in China causes Google to increase profits? If anything, Google is probably going to loose money on this.
  • Agges
    Something is going to hit the fan soon it seems..

    And in branding terms Google is not losing on its decision, it is gaining market shares in the West due to taking a stance