A Picture Says 1000 Words About Google's Censorship In China

Plenty are writing and writing about Google's agreement to censor results for China. But pictures perhaps better illustrate the differences that Google now endorses.

Google Images Censors Too in China from Google Blogoscoped shows you how a search for [tiananmen square] on Google Images China provides happy scenes while over at uncensored Google Images, there are tanks rolling in.

I took a look for just [tiananmen] at Google Images China versus Google Images. Here's a side-by-side:


No, that little bit of text above the images at Google Images China is not a disclosure. That does appear but at the bottom of the page.

By the way, spell tianamen wrong, and you'll get uncensored results on Google China. Be forewarned, one of these images will be of a dead person in Tiananmen Square after the protest there was crushed.

How Google Censors Itself For China & Paid Exclusion As Being Evil explains more about how a misspelling might cause a failure in the automatic censorship filters that Google itself has created to please China.

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