Google is not pulling punches. Today Google said emphatically to Congress that it will end censorship in China. If that requires leaving the country, they will.
The quote from Nicole Wong, the firm’s vice president and deputy general counsel, explaining that after they end the filtering of Chinese results, says that if:
“the option is that we will shutter our .cn property and leave the country, we are prepared to do that.”
Aside from the gigantic middle finger that Google is waving at China, it is interesting how this row between China and Google continues to extend into the US government. The remarks today were in front of the House of Representatives.
Whether the US government wants to get more involved or not in the fiasco, Google’s position is completely clear: they will stop censoring, and unless China changes their rues surrounding such things, Google will leave the country.
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