"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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