Google China Service Availability

22 Mar/10

Google today announced that they stopped censoring Google services in China, something that many Internet users did not believe they would be doing even though they made it very clear that it was a possibility. As of today Google Search, Google News and Google Images search are delivering censor free search results to Chinese people.

The domain has been redirected to, the Google Search engine of Hong Kong. Users from Chinese mainland are automatically redirected to the Hong Kong search engine which is displayed in simplified Chinese to them.

Google mentioned further that they will carefully monitor the situation as it can very well be that the Chinese government decides to block access to the Google search engine and other Google services in the future.

Users from all over the world can take a look at the new Google China Service Availability page that displays status information about Google Services in China. It will in particular tell visitors if Google services such as Google Search, Youtube, Gmail, Blogger or Picasa are accessible, blocked or partially blocked.

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The Google service availability page will be updated daily to reflect changes in the availability. It is interesting that Google decided to go forward with it as it surely means that they will lose some money and probably even access to the Chinese market completely.

What’s your opinion on the matter? Good or bad move by Google?

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