Today Google launches a new search service for China that will censor information the Chinese government finds offensive. This “offensive” content might include anything concerning Tiananmen Square and Taiwan to any pro-democratic/anti-communist information. I guess the concept of “doing no evil” can be interpreted differently in different countries.
The censoring in China has been going on for a while now, but without Google’s help. Now Google is working directly with the Chinese government to help filter their results. Ironically enough, just a week ago, Google became a national symbol of privacy protection after refusing to give away user information to the United States government. So, after protecting the rights of illegal child pornography sites and a bunch of pedophiles here in the U.S., Google is now supporting a totalitarian regime in China in putting down rebellious pro-democratic factions. Well, it’s not personal, it’s business.