Google Threat Jolts Chinese Internet Industry

Wednesday Jan 13th 2010 by Staff

Following a major cyber-attack, Google has said it will stop censoring the Chinese version of its search site and may pull out of the country altogether.

Wall Street Journal: After discovering major attacks on its own servers and those belonging to other foreign companies that began in China, Google has fired back. In a statement, the search giant said that it will stop censoring its Chinese search service, and it may stop operating in the country. In response, the Wall Street Journal reported, "Students and others gathered at Google's offices in Beijing and Shanghai Wednesday with flowers in an emotional show of support for the company, which analysts say has an audience of more than 40 million loyal users in China."

Currently, Google operates its Chinese-language services out of an office in Beijing. Because it is located on Chinese soil, it is required to obey Chinese laws, including censorship laws.

Analysts and Google users say that if the company does pull out of China, the impact will be "huge."

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