Skip to comments.Google: Tiananmen? Never Happened!
Posted on 01/29/2006 11:22:06 AM PST by tbird5
Google has been taking a lot of flak, rightfully so, for censoring search results to satisfy the Chinese communist dictatorship.
The search engine is placing notices on each page notifying users that items have been censored at the request of the Chinese government, so it isn't quite as bad as Microsoft's actions to placate the Chinese, which include taking down entire websites without notice, rendering them inaccessible to the entire world. Google's censorship applies only to the version of the search engine aimed at the Chinese market. Still, for a company whose motto is "Don't Be Evil," the action is at best hypocritical, and it shows the slogan to be nothing more than empty P.R. sermonizing.
The simplest illustration of the moral compromise made by the Don't Be Evil company comes from Jonah Goldberg, who recommends searching for "Tiananmen" on Chinese Google and comparing that to the results from the uncensored Google. That's right, the Tiananmen Square Massacre, an inconvenient historical fact for the repressive Chinese regime, has gone down the memory hole thanks to the good folks at Google.
I've refined the search a bit for an even starker contrast. Here's what comes up in the standard Google image search for "Tiananmen Square Massacre", and here's the scrubbed version on Chinese Google.
What makes Google's actions even more hypocritical is that, just a week before this Google flap erupted, the company was hailed by privacy advocates for refusing to turn over to the U.S. Justice Department aggregate data on searches for child pornography. What a brave stand!
So Google has the backbone to rebuff to the U.S. government's attempts to fight child porn, but the Don't Be Evil company is willing to help China continue to repress its people by erasing moments from history like the Tiananmen Square massacre.
search 'Holocaust' on both engines...
Well, you know what they say about those who don't learn from history... And China doesn't mind if they are doomed to repeat it, to visit again upon their citizens the violent put down of civil unrest. Gee, in time for the Chinese New Year, renewed efforts of censorship and the omission from their internet and Google of Tianenmen and the unrest, with Google's willing help. Thanks, Google.
whoa...unbelieveable. Google must be ashamed. I used to love Alta Vista years ago until they got bought out. I must have been one of the last to use Google and may be one of the first to go to the effort to find another good search engine. Google is the only good search engine these days as far as I know. That, or Yahoo. I know there are dozens of others, but for some reason everyone, including myself, ends up at Google.....*sigh*
Google may be getting hit with profiting from oppression, but there are other online business culprits--including online games .
Try dogpile.com . I honestly believe it is better. Google tries to distract too much --I went searching for Gap online and there were two pages of non-cap links--I stopped scrolling.
Who's the guy in the top picture?
This google information manipulation shows just how dangerous politically biased corporations can be to the free exchange of information. How often does google censor search results for Americans?
It's Nikolai Yezhov. I don't know what he did to be rubbed out. They say, though, that when Stalin stopped giving a speech, nobody wanted to be the 1st person to stop clapping...
Search "Falun Gong" or "Falun Dafa" on both versions. Quite a difference.
Google should be ashamed. However, they're liberals with enormous egos and the income to support them.
Those who control the past, control the future: who controls the present controls the past
Apparently their censorware is not doing such a good job... Google Protestwarrior on google.cn and you are still able to find it. Also, I ran "Free Tibet" on the google.cn site. I still found it.
The Chinese must have internal blocks that we can't see over here. Same for other countries that are online (Iran, Russia, North Korea, Cuba all have these)
Spelling counts. All you have to do is change the spelling a little
That's why they rang a bell during his speeches, to tell the audience that it was ok to stop clapping.