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Google stops its Chinese Internet search engine and re-routes mainland Chinese users to its Hong Kong site.


2010, March 22


Applauded by human rights activists and international Internet bloggers, Google stops the Chinese version of its search engine for which it had to self-censor search results according to Chinese laws. Google users from mainland China are now re-routed to the Chinese Google version from Hong Kong, which is not censoring its search results. According to Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, the decision to stand up against censorship has overruled business interests.

The fate of the 600-strong Google China team is uncertain. Reuters reports employees in Beijing and Shanghai have been concerned to loose their jobs since the drama began two months ago.



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