Google and Blog Censorship

Allow me to take a break from blogging about silly YouTube videos and blog about a serious blogging issue: blog censorship (I used the word “blog” 4 times so for in this blog).   Google’s bow to pressures from repressive governments like China and Vietnam is a pretty bold move, especially coming from a company whose motto is “Don’t be evil.”  But let’s take a second here to realize that Google is a business, and businesses like to make money.

Countries like China have insane control over their internet services, censoring anything from silly pictures of kittens to outright dissent from angry bloggers.  Google has run into trouble with China in the past for refusing to allow the government to censor search results on their website.  This article basically sums up Google’s rocky past with the Chinese government.  For years Google said “Hey, you guys shouldn’t have the right to censor our search results,” to which the Chinese government replied “Fine, then we will completely block your website from operating in our country, denying you access to billions, upon billions of Chinese users.”

With this in mind, I can understand why Google eventually became willing to tweak their censorship policies to comply with the demands of foreign governments.  I mean, Google has got to be making a butt load of money in places like China and Vietnam, and it’s not like they completely screwed over all of their blog users – our article states that users have a way to avoid these censorships by entering a “No Country Redirect” into the URL format.

So who knows where this issue will lead us.  Maybe millions of angry Chinese internet users will immigrate to America in search of our free and unfettered stream of Youtube videos and online porn.

"I'm angry!!!"


4 Responses to “Google and Blog Censorship”

  1. 1 Tomaselli
    February 9, 2012 at 3:42 am

    you make some good points here…and you are right, sometimes I guess we lose sight of the driving force behind corporate decisions…does that make it right? Hmmm

    BTW, doesn’t seem mediocre to me

  2. February 9, 2012 at 5:14 am

    As terrible as it is for me to agree, I can see why Google made the decision to change their censorship policy. It is a good business strategy, like you said. Sooner or later, another search engine would have given in to the required policies, so Google wants to be the first to break into those previous untapped markets. Now, is it good for human rights? That’s a whole different story!

  3. February 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Well Written and funny. Good work.

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