Google Softens on China’s Censorship

Three months ago, Google defiantly announced it would no longer censor search results for users in mainland China. Now, with the Chinese government threatening to not renew the site’s operating license, the search giant is softening that stance.In March, Google began redirecting mainland Chinese users to its Hong Kong site,, which is not censored. Google took the action after detecting what it said were hacking attacks on Gmail accounts linked to human-rights workers with ties to China, as well as other kinds of “surveillance.” The move was cheered by international groups and those critical of China’s regime.

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