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Google is starting to stink...

Google censoring in china.

Google censoring here.

Precisely when would you like to raise your hand to object?

Lemme just do a google search on news articles that speak badly about the things google does ...

OHWAIT!

- Keman

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tetsutora
Nov. 16th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
Google's censorship in china was well documented more than a year ago when they first started hosting the search engine in china. due to China's laws, they weren't allowed to have an uncensored search engine. if they did, they wouldn't be allowed to promote it there, or even be accesible in china, it was designed with china in mind, and so was expected, and accepted from the start.

as for censorship here... eh, i think that that might be a bit of an overstatement, you get to make the decision, but they say "hey, it might be dangerous" which it might, the smater people should just assume that it's a mild nusiance to them, while the stupid people should take it to heart, since they're the ones who end up getting screwed by a lack of internet understanding.
kemanorel
Nov. 16th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
Your argument that supports this does not take into account these things:

Safesearch was turned OFF
I knew what I wanted to click on
I didn't need a warning
It was always my own risk to begin with.

This compulsory warning system also fails to warn on other sites that have bad things to download.

Its entirely unacceptable--

GOOGLE IS A SEARCH ENGINE NOT A CONTENT JUDGEMENT SYSTEM.

What's next? Other warnings when you go to click on sites that contain unlawful homosexual pornography?

If you think for even a minute that this is too far fetched, then you do not understand the fact that the moment you begin to censor *anything* ... You can't stop because you have to decide what is appropriate. DON'T decide. Its not your choice to make. It was MINE. That's why I clicked on it. That's why I have safesearch turned to off.

This warning system is new. It is a change. It is a change that moves us into the direction where people can try to rely on google to "save them from their ignorance" ...
hastka
Nov. 17th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Ooo, another one of my "raw nerve" topics. :)

The fact that Google wanted to participate in China's growing economy, but bend over and let the Chinese government dictate the terms, is not only allowing China to continue its machiavellian and arrogant distortion of the truth, but also is indicative of one of Google's biggest sellout moments (fortunately, one of the very few).

There comes a time when corporations need to put ethics above money. China knows what Google has. They can take it, or they can leave it. The fact that Google, virtual bastion of online/free information, would willingly and deliberately block information for a government... I personally find it appalling. I guess anathema also fits. But who am I, in the grand scheme of things.

That all said, I agree that them saying "caution: the following link can hurt you" is a far cry from "censorship" (which would be not showing a link at all). I don't really appreciate it, but unfortunately the bottom line is that ever since 1993 or so, the number of morons on the internet has been growing exponentially. As such, it becomes more beneficial to your market share to cater to morons. See also: Windows. But now we all use it, so I guess what does that say about all of us. ;)

Incidentally, note also that the free market allows any one of us to start up our own internet search engine, and indeed maybe some day that would be fun to do. But to Google's credit, they've held out faaaar longer than most companies before showing signs of selling out. I guess having $400/share stock will do that to you.
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