"Google reps indicated that it would still keep some offices open for busines." - Gee I wonder how long it will take before these building are surrounded by "soldiers" with no 'official' relation to the Chinese government
Honestly, Google has the right to do this. Censorship just shouldn't happen (although it's good for parents vs kids, @China - your citizens are not children, they can think for themselves now.)
[citation][nom]CanadianPothead[/nom]Google obviously doesn't care about human rights, only one motivation : more money[/citation]
Would you care to explain how giving up market share in China causes Google to increase profits? If anything, Google is probably going to loose money on this.
China asking Google to Censor the internet is well..... quite an impossible task. Just how does one censor the internet and have at least some form of Internet? The net is TOO HUGE to censor effectively and unless China wants to cut all internet communication off from the world, they gotta deal with the fact that the Internet is one form of media they can't control what is being said.
Good for Google not to put up with such ridiculous demands to offer such a stripped down version of their product.
At the same time google made a smart political move: Hong Kong is chinese territory, but, having been transferred from the UK, just like Macau has over from Portugal, they have a special, less strict, regime. They are just showing the people in mainland China how weird this form of Communism can be. It's a smart move, but, alas, I doubt it will last long, China will block the site to mainland China.
[citation][nom]otacon72[/nom]Your ID says it all, go back to smoking your dope. You post holds no water since you haven't backed up anything you said. Back up your comments with facts or don't post at all. Anyway, I'm glad to see Google take this step.[/citation]
Oh, right, because implying that you're a marijuana user also implies that you're an ignorant fool. Hypocrite much? I wont go much farther than that though, I would rather not try to debate about pot on a tech forum.
ANYHOW, I fully support what google has done. Unfortuntely, this will probably not change China's perception on censorship, or their people's rights.
[citation][nom]twu[/nom]Google forgot that China is ruling HK[/citation]
"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."
Google knows, and is just waiting to see what happens, which is the purpose of the service monitoring site.
[citation][nom]haunted one[/nom]Unfortunately, if Google leaves, it only makes it easier for the Chinese govt to keep its death grip on its citizens.[/citation]
Don't forget that ultimately it's the people who can and will bring down the CCP sooner or later. The public will not tolerate a remake of the events of the summer of 1989, no matter how many tanks the Party will roll out on them - the point is, the breaking point will come with little things such as what you're seeing happening now. The Chinese people of today are not the Chinese people of 1989 where they could be fooled with terms like "counter-revolution", etc! No matter how silly this may sound, Empires have ended as a result of events put into motion by rather insignificant things.