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Google Threatens to Close China Operations

Jan 13, 2010, 01:51 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Citing security concerns and a lack of free speech, Google's chief counsel today made a stunning announcement that the company may cease operations entirely in China if it can't work out an agreement with the government there to operate an unfiltered site. Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Google.cn search engine is currently subject to censorship by the government.

""We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all," said David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, in a blog post. "We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China."

"China's control of online content, which mirrors its broader control of all media, has been a sore point for Washington and many U.S. companies doing business there for years, including Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO)."

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