Google kills Google.cn, no longer filtering results

Ever since Google was attacked by hackers based out of China, it has been deciding on if the company should pull out of China.  As previously reported on Neowin, Google would soon announce that they were pulling out of China and today, Google has finally killed Google.cn

When you attempt to go to Google.cn you are redirected to Google.com.hk which continues to offer up results for the Chinese market, although they are uncensored results. 

Google has said that they are not closing down their entire operations in China and that they will “continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk.”

Google also mentioned on their blog that all the decisions based on censoring and service operations were made by executives in the United States.  This is a clear message that none of the employees in China were making the decisions; this could be a possible ploy to help protect those Google employees still in China. 

Google has effectively killed its Chinese search operations, while not directly pulling out of the country, by no longer filtering results, its only a matter of time before the Chinese government blocks Google.com.hk for good.

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Is someone going to provide china with proxy servers, like they did for Iran during the last elections to bypass censorship ?

Google can survive without China, China's govt is a bunch of goofs for not admitting that they ordered some lackeys to hack google and others.

Alley Cat said,
Is someone going to provide china with proxy servers, like they did for Iran during the last elections to bypass censorship ?

Google can survive without China, China's govt is a bunch of goofs for not admitting that they ordered some lackeys to hack google and others.

China is not Iran, they will block them also, Only a small fractional minority is able to bypass the firewall as it is at the moment.Insignificant number.

China will survive without Google as well pretty well. The loss is Google. China doesn't give a rats *** what a private company of US tries to do.
And why would a Govt. admit to hacking. Thats just stupid. Does the US or UK govt.'s admit to torturing 'coz well everyone know that did it in the current wars.
Diplomacy its beautiful and a bitch at the same time.

JamesWeb said,
Oh man, I love them blobs on the Hong Kong site that animate when you roll over them, they're so... 90s.
They don't show up on Hong Kong's google.com.hk. Those blobs are for users from China.

Google behaving like a "silly little boy?" I can only assume you have zero experience running an international company that's comprised of the world's data coursing through its very business model.

BeatBlaster said,
Google behaving like a "silly little boy?" I can only assume you have zero experience running an international company that's comprised of the world's data coursing through its very business model.

Well enough to know that China been hacking US servers over 1000's of miles away in the US mainland and US can't do ****.
Enough to know people like McKinnon a lone individual could hack NASA, what is Google in front of them?
Enough to know China is capable of hacking google servers that aren't on their mainland, not like chinese hackers went to the physical server itself to hack it inside mainland china.
Enough to know that the aniti-china bias that people seem to have (possibly legitimate as well) is overshadowing them to the Facts, Google acted like a silly boy just like Yahoo's CEO did and he got praises at that time as well, Oh how he saved Yahoo from the monster called MS.
And oh making China mad is going to help you in the long term , very good strategy, if you or anyone can't see that that i am afraid people praising google are lost.
You play dirty with China you don't play again with them, that experience. If thats business sense then OK, i have nothing to say.
So yea my zero experience is actually more than some.

Google's behaving like a silly little boy. So it got hacked by the Chinese govt or was it some amateur University students, as some US researchers claim. Boo-hoo. Gary Mickonen hacked in to NASA for Gods sake, jeez NASA, silly and stupid reason, which everyone sane knows isn't the Real reason for this histrionics.

Besides, Google owns .cn domain level, will revoke it from Google so no redirection.
And such behavior(redirecting) by a company is very dangerous, HK could be next on China whip which could result in a whole heap of mess if you know what i mean. China is too ****ing dangerous, it just doesn't care what the world thinks you gotta be careful and not play macho with such maniacs.

DOOOMKULTUS said,
Google's behaving like a silly little boy.

The reason behind it Chinese govt isnt helping google to nab those criminals. Nobody closes down business because of hacks. Another reason they closed it down I think was because as the criminals are free they will hack again and confidential data of whole world can be put to a stack.

DOOOMKULTUS said,
Google's behaving like a silly little boy.

They didn't pull out just because they got hacked, a big factor of them pulling out was because they don't agree with China wanting them to sensor all their search results.
I'm pretty sure the Australian government asked google the same thing so I wouldn't be surprised if google pulled out of here if they pushed for that once the great Australian firewall comes online.

Hate to play the devil's advocate but with the long history China has of oppressing their people, it wouldn't surprise me if someone high up in the Chinese government had the brilliant idea of uncensoring results just so they can monitor people and what they search for.

I hope I am wrong.

Baidu looks like a Chinese clone of Google. I have wondered why Google has not gone after them? Maybe because it is a Chinese company protected by the government?

bankajac said,
Baidu looks like a Chinese clone of Google. I have wondered why Google has not gone after them? Maybe because it is a Chinese company protected by the government?

chinese copying stuff? you must be kidding me.

nhozemphtekh said,

chinese copying stuff? you must be kidding me.


Haha... awesome... thanks for making the people in the offices peek in my office to see why I was laughing so hard.

Chsoriano said,

Haha... awesome... thanks for making the people in the offices peek in my office to see why I was laughing so hard.

Wait till you here the one about them actually trying to invent something. .

crazyfish said,
I sure hope nobody hacks Google here in the United States. I'd miss the site if it pulled out of this country.

I hope you're not serious.

TRC said,

I hope you're not serious.

I wasn't serious but I do think being hacked as a reason to pull ops out of a country does seem silly.

crazyfish said,
I wasn't serious but I do think being hacked as a reason to pull ops out of a country does seem silly.

Even when done as a concerted effort by the government of the country you're in?

crazyfish said,

I wasn't serious but I do think being hacked as a reason to pull ops out of a country does seem silly.

I think being hacked wasn't the only reason, just the final straw. China forcing them to censor their results was probably the bigger issue.

last news item I saw, Google only had like a 6% search utilization over there. The most popular top 3 are engines built in China...I don't recall the names of them, as I never even heard of them before.

Rohdekill said,
last news item I saw, Google only had like a 6% search utilization over there. The most popular top 3 are engines built in China...I don't recall the names of them, as I never even heard of them before.


the most popular is Baidu

6% of China's total population is like 80 million though; still a sizeable market. And yes, not all of the population are online, but it's just an illustration

Rohdekill said,
last news item I saw, Google only had like a 6% search utilization over there. The most popular top 3 are engines built in China...I don't recall the names of them, as I never even heard of them before.

Google is very influential in China, I'm not sure where you pull out the 73% from, last time I checked, they had 23%. Baidu is the #1 search engine, with 73% market share. the other search engines such as QQ search, SouGou are not even accountable for 4% search market share.
Google may not be the most popular search engine, but everyone knows about Google in China.
You can use google translate to translate these first hand sources:
http://tech.163.com/09/0212/09/51UN3JIO000915BF.html
http://www.bokee.net/bloggermo...blog_viewblog.do?id=2144631

Edited by noPCtoday, Mar 22 2010, 8:34pm : added source

noPCtoday said,

Google is very influential in China, I'm not sure where you pull out the 73% from, last time I checked, they had 23%. Baidu is the #1 search engine, with 73% market share. the other search engines such as QQ search, SouGou are not even accountable for 4% search market share.
Google may not be the most popular search engine, but everyone knows about Google in China.
You can use google translate to translate these first hand sources:
http://tech.163.com/09/0212/09/51UN3JIO000915BF.html
http://www.bokee.net/bloggermo...blog_viewblog.do?id=2144631


Googles share in china has increase drastically in th past 10 months.
http://marketshare.hitslink.co...e-market-share.aspx?qprid=5

google china is 3.35% and baidu 2.61% world wide

http://marketshare.hitslink.co...e-market-share.aspx?qprid=6

Cy Bones said,
If only everyone would take a stand like this...

+1 I am tired of watching companies kick themselves in the face to jump through the hoops of stupid governments and corporations that dont want people to know what the real world is like.

Cy Bones said,
If only everyone would take a stand like this...

But they're still in China... .

Edited by Kyang, Mar 22 2010, 9:38pm :