The Twelve-Year-Old asks: How evil is Google?
Official Google Blog: Google in China : 1/27/2006 11:58:00 AM: Posted by Andrew McLaughlin, senior policy counsel: Google users in China today struggle with a service that, to be blunt, isn't very good. Google.com appears to be down around 10% of the time. Even when users can reach it, the website is slow, and sometimes produces results that when clicked on, stall out the user's browser. Our Google News service is never available; Google Images is accessible only half the time. At Google we work hard to create a great experience for our users, and the level of service we've been able to provide in China is not something we're proud of.
This problem could only be resolved by creating a local presence, and this week we did so, by launching Google.cn, our website for the People's Republic of China. In order to do so, we have agreed to remove certain sensitive information from our search results.... Launching a Google domain that restricts information in any way isn't a step we took lightly.... Filtering our search results clearly compromises our mission. Failing to offer Google search at all to a fifth of the world's population, however, does so far more severely. Whether our critics agree with our decision or not, due to the severe quality problems faced by users trying to access Google.com from within China, this is precisely the choice we believe we faced.
Google image search first result for "tienanmen" on google.cn:
Google image search first result for "tienanmen" on google.com: