Recently I wrote that Google apparently didn’t mean business when they threatened to pull out of China and close down their activities in the country. It seems I was wrong, well, 99.9% wrong, according to Financial Times.
Due to a hardening in positions from both the Google side and the Chinese government, it now seems more likely than ever, that Google will close down their Chinese version of Google (Google.cn) and most likely their office within China as well. China is still not prepared to compromise on their Internet censorship, in order to stop Google from leaving.
At the same time, the Chinese government has started to warn Google’s partners in China, suggesting they should find new solutions/partners in case Google.cn stops working.
I have previously said that I’m not too happy about the fact that Google is becoming more and more The Internet, but I really hope that they will take a stand and pull out of China – or that China will cease their Internet censorship. Especially with the new ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) thing going on, I’m afraid Internet censorship will become too widespread in many parts of the world, in the near future.
There’s still hope though, when a big Internet company like Google seems to be taking a stand against it.