Beijing China reacted quickly today to Google Inc.’s decision to stop censoring the Internet for China by shifting its search engine off the mainland, saying it is “totally wrong” and accusing the company of violating promises.
Google said Jan. 12 it would pull out part of its service if it had to keep censoring Internet results. Visitors to Google’s old service for China, Google.cn, are now being redirected to the Chinese-language service based in Hong Kong, where Google does not censor searches.
The Hong Kong page heralded the shift Monday. “Welcome to Google Search in China’s new home.” The site also began displaying search results in the simplified Chinese characters used in mainland China.
But the results can’t all be accessed inside China, because government filters restrict the links that can be clicked by mainland audiences.