Google closes its self-censored search in China

On Thursday, Google announced that it would no longer support its self-censored search in China.

More than the news itself, the New York Times highlights the implications here, "it was doing more than standing up to a repressive government: it was showing that, with the United States still struggling to develop a foreign policy for the digital age, Internet companies need to articulate their own foreign policies."

USA Today took a different approach to the angle and made the store about the people of China being divided about Google's decision.

USA Today outlined the news by saying, "Google's decision this week to close its self-censored Internet search service in mainland China was provoking diverse reactions here Thursday."

China has a vast firewall that censors what media organizations come up in searches and more specifically, what information comes up at all. Many media organizations abide by these rules except Google.

The New York Times recalled Google's initial foray into China, "The choice was not easy. Since late 2006, when it entered China, Google argued that a censored search service was better than no search service at all."

After many difficulties including disagreements and hacking, Google decided to back out.

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