Sunday, January 29, 2006

Censorship : Google Censured

'Do no evil' or 'Do less evil than others'. Pre - China Entry Google on Censorship-
“Google does not censor results for any search term. The order and content of our results are completely automated; we do not manipulate our search results by hand. We believe strongly in allowing the democracy of the web to determine the inclusion and ranking of sites in our search results. To learn more about Google’s search technology, please visit ...”

And now,
“It is Google’s policy not to censor search results. However, in response to local laws, regulations, or policies, we may do so. When we remove search results for these reasons, we display a notice on our search results pages. Please note: For some older removals (before March 2005), we may not show a notice at this time.”

*Google logo by Paul Bubel.


At 1:53 AM, Blogger Abhishek Goyal said...

A lot of people haven't taken this news in a very positive sense, but i do believe it's not so ingenuine to do it. Not providing access to 20% of population is worse than showing a little lesser information

At 2:26 AM, Blogger Brajesh said...

It's not as if Google is the only search service in China, Baidu et al. If they (China) don't honour openness they don't deserve Google (as in 'Do no evil' Google). Just as we in India deserved substandard products in pre-reform-days by avoiding all competition.
Now that Google is not playing by its own rules, there is a credibility crisis of sorts. How do I believe one day it won't censor all technology news at to be Google-centric?

At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note that Google does indicate when results are filtered out on If for some reason the Indian government enforced some kind of curfew on certain kinds of government, then the same note would show up on the results. That's how you figure out if your results have been censored.

At 12:27 PM, Blogger Brajesh said...

Yeah, Google shows a note when filtering results, but it can very well choose not to. Alex Bosworth has put forth the issue very neatly in his blog.
I said 'credibility crisis', its not just about the matter at hand.


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