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I clipped this from an AP report. I also read recently that "Time" magazine's Chinese edition is censored by the Chinese government for political reasons.

Do you think American companies should censor political issues? How about porn? Violence? What about prisoner beheadings? That's both news and violence. The obvious answer is that I don't want the government telling me what I can and cannot read or view. But there are some things that I don't mind censoring--nuclear bomb instructions, for example. I dunno where the line is, but it makes me uncomfortable knowing that American companies, especially a new media, sell their founding principal for money from a bloody damned dictatorship.



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Xia suspects Google is cooperating with the Chinese government's censorship efforts to smooth the way for expansion plans that could help the Mountain View-based company boost future profits.

The Chinese government lashed out at Google two years ago when it temporarily blocked access to the company's main search engine before relenting under public pressure.

Google acknowledges its Chinese language news service - introduced on a test basis two weeks ago - is leaving out results from government-banned sites, but the company believes the omissions jibe with its long-standing mission to make its search engine efficient and useful.

If Google were to display results from sites the Chinese government blocks, computer users would end up clicking on links that lead nowhere - something the search engine has always tried to avoid.

"Google has decided that in order to create the best possible search experience for our mainland China users we will not include sites whose content is not accessible," company spokeswoman Debbie Frost said Friday.

Only a "tiny fraction" of Web sites are being excluded by the Chinese news service, Frost said. Xia said his tests indicated Google is excluding Chinese results from at least eight sites, including www.epochtimes.com and www.voanews.com.

Google says the Chinese news service draws upon roughly 1,000 sites - a broader array than in Germany, which trolls 700 sites, and Italy, which monitors about 250 sites.

"It's probably killing them to leave some (Chinese) sites out of its index, but they have probably decided they are doing greater good by providing access to all these other sites," said Forrester Research analyst Charlene Li.
 

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It's the other way around here the press can post anything they want, facts are welcome but not required.

Too me it looks like anything for a buck, the google boys don't want to exclude a billion potential hits a day, or 500 Ferraris a week or a new submarine whatever.

But does this exclude non-chinese orgin or does everyone get the blackout to aid the commies?

I would think that Googles host country would have to take issue with this.
 

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it is a great sign that China has an awareness of the web. Pretty hard to control it, really. Even if they are successful with google, can they control the other search engines throughout the world?
 
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