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AWESOME! GOOGLE DEFIES CHINESE COMMUNISTS- IT STOPPED CENSORING SEARCH RESULTS!

 
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AWESOME! GOOGLE DEFIES CHINESE COMMUNISTS- IT STOPPED CENSORING SEARCH RESULTS!
THE world's biggest search engine has stopped censoring the results of the world's largest group of internet users.

After months of verbal stoushes with the Chinese Government, Google has effectively shut down its Chinese search engine.

Users in China are now being directed to the Hong Kong site, which is not censored.

A search for "tiananmen", in reference to the Tiananmen Square protest and massacre of 1989, returns millions of results.

"It's entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China," said Google executive David Drummond in a blog post.

"We very much hope that the Chinese Government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services."

Mr Drummond also announced a new service showing which of Google's products were blocked in China at the present moment.

At the time of writing it showed that web search, image search, news and Gmail were available while YouTube and Blogger were blocked.

'We couldn't play ball anymore'

Mr Drummond said Google had decided to stop censoring search results after a string of worrying incidents in China.

First was the revelation that Google was among a group of US companies targeted by a "sophisticated cyber attack originating from China".

Then, during an investigating into the attack, Google discovered that the Gmail accounts of "dozens" of human rights activists seemed to be under surveillance.

Evidence suggested the accounts "were being routinely accessed by third parties, most likely via phishing scams or kittens placed on their computers", said Mr Drummond.

Lastly, Mr Drummond named the "persistent" blocking of sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by authorities as contributing to the decision.

China had about 380 million internet users at the end of 2009, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre.
[link to www.news.com.au]

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