Google wants to run an “unfiltered” search engine in China. But should Google have allowed itself to be censored in the first place?
Chinese Internet experts are concerned. Google leaving would be a loss for Chinese netizens and the domestic search engine market according to Fang Xingdong.
Even those who support Google’s stance doubt that it’s going to make any difference.
“Our space for expression on the Internet has been narrowing, because government control has become increasingly detailed and pervasive. I don’t see that relaxing,” said Xu Youyu, a Beijing academic.
This article thinks Google is doing the right thing but it has nothing to do with freedom of expression. They just aren’t making money.
“Four years later, Google’s search share in China is among its lowest anywhere in the world. ”
Techcrunch agrees that Google is ‘damned either way’.
And if Google was making money, would it stick around under censorship conditions?
Whilst revenues from China are not as big as the company might like, long-term growth might be sacrified if they leave now according to this article.
So is it too early to mark the end of Google.cn as this blog suggests? What should Google do?