Google in China Essay

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Google has had a tense relationship with China since 2006. In China, the Internet content was heavily censored by the government. Therefore, Google have to agree to place its servers in China which the content had to pass through Chinese firewalls and self-censor the content. However, human rights activists and advocates of freedom of the press all over the world expressed their displeasure at Google’s move. The challenge the Chinese government gave google is that to launch Google.cn it had to agree to censor sensitive material, such as details of human rights groups and references to the pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989. If Google didn’t want to censor it, it might lose its censorship in China. Although Google states that they launched Google.cn in 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed their discomfort in agreeing to censor some results, they will not hesitate to reconsider their approach to China if they are not able to achieve their objectives. Google thinks everyone has the right to obtain any information they want to know therefore they want the Chinese government to give up on the search restrictions. But the Chinese government refused the idea as a result Google decides to quit and it is no longer willing to censor search results on its Chinese service. Now Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt has reported that the situation seems to be stable. In 2010, after an attack on the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists, Google announced plans to leave China. Therefore, Google decided to close their Google.cn domain and redirect users to Hong Kong servers at Google.com.hk. Under Google’s current situation with China when a censored term is typed Google service is interrupted for up to 90 seconds at which point a user must wait before they can enter a new

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