Google Might Be Forced Out of China For Redirected Searches
June 29, 2010
China (ChattahBox) – Google caught the ire of the Chinese government after it was found that users in the country were being redirected to Hong Kong’s site, bypassing censorship. Now, they have promised to stop, but it might not be enough to stop from being ousted by the regime.
According to their blog, Google said that the government had been acting to shut down the redirection, which would allow Chinese users to search without the heavy restrictions from the Communist regime.
“It is clear from the conversations we have had with Chinese government officials that they find the redirect unacceptable and that if we continue redirecting users our Internet Content Provider license will not be renewed,” the blog post by legal adviser, David Drummond, said.
Google has been walking a fine balance, caught between the wishes of the Chinese government, and their announcement in January of this year that they would no longer be censoring searches from the region.
Now, with the possibility of a shut down of Google.cn, there is a real problem: Chinese users don’t want the search engine to go.
Censored or not, it is the best option for Internet searches on the strict Internet that limits a huge amount of information and access to the population.
“Over the next few days we’ll end the redirect entirely, taking all our Chinese users to our new landing page—and today we re-submitted our ICP license renewal application based on this approach.”
But some experts have warned that the change may be too late to make a difference.
Yu Yang, the head of Analysys International, told the Telegraph that it is unlikely that the government will renew the company’s ICP license, but that they will probably be allowed to return, eventually.