‘!http://static.flickr.com/23/93014089_2a183b98a1_o.jpg!’:http://images.google.cn/images?q=tiananmen And so the mighty ‘fall’:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4647398.stm. Not with a bang, but hissing silence as their orignal corporate policy takes a deep breath of cold vaccum. Out with the old, in with the new: “We will censor whatever any 2 bit dicatator pays us money for!”. Is Pakistan far behind in getting the Google Musharraf version? Where results for democracy are 400% sure and there are no gunships in Baluchistan?
bq. Google does not censor results for any search term. The order and content of our results are completely automated; we do not manipulate our search results by hand. *We believe strongly in allowing the democracy of the web to determine the inclusion and ranking of sites in our search results.*
Google is now busy trying to recall all copies of it’s original manifesto, “Do no evil”. Unfortunately for them, they published it on paper, so that will take some time. Insiders say that their new motto is: “Don’t Be Evil – Unless It’s Profitable”. It’s a good thing George Bush has never heard of the Internet, else Google would soon have a Google America version, where the I’m feeling lucky button is replaced with a “WMD” button.
Everry large company does business in China, however they never claimed to be different. Walmart’s corporate policy says sweatshops are OK, so when they buy goods made by slaving children it comes as no suprise. Google however, has made much of their motto “Don’t be Evil”, so better -is- was expected out of them.
‘A quote on the official Google blog from the good old days:’:http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2004/09/china-google-news-and-source-inclusion.html _ _”For Internet users in China, Google remains the only major search engine that does not censor any web pages.”_ Those were the days. Google, along with tons of other websites have give a number of ‘justifications’:http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/01/google-in-china.html for censoring content, but they just don’t add up.
* ‘Engine trouble’:http://technology.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,,1695167,00.html
* ‘Wikipedia entry on Google’:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google