Originally posted by liuyedao at 2010-4-4 11:33
China didn't throw google out, it's google that demand differential treatment which violate Chinese law. Then they move out.
No they didn't ask for "differential treatment which violate Chinese law".
They stated they were not willing to 'self-censor'.
And they did so knowing that their results would be censored by the Great Firewall (just like happens in Hong Kong now).
The suggestion that Google took this action because they thought results in China would not be censored is ridiculous and a fine piece of negative PR spin by the government to its people. Google knew censorship would continue but asked that they not carry out the role themselves.
Chinese law does NOT state that private companies should censor information themselves. That is an instruction of government here. Another fine example of the complete lack of distance between government & the law in this country.
Even though you have stated that censorship is acceptable to you (under certain circumstances), do you really feel that the role of censor should be in the hands of private individuals/companies? You don't think that is a function that should be carried out by government?