China tightened its belts against free speech and information once again when they ordered Google to shut down certain search features on google.cn as an anti-pornography measure. Features affected include keyword suggestion and searching for information from foreign web sites.
The People’s Republic has declared that Google faces punishment from the Chinese government should Google be unable to carry out these directives, although whatever those “punishments” are, are not yet disclosed. China claims that the company has not been up-to-par with managing the flow of information to and fro the country, and hasn’t been thoroughly successful in filtering pornographics images and text from web searches.
Google is currently with negotiations with the Chinese government regarding this issue.
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