Google Responds to China News Censorship Story

Last week we linked to a New Scientist report about Google omitting some controversial "sources" in their Google News China crawl.

In a new post on the Google Blog the company shares their viewpoint.

For last week's launch of the Chinese-language edition of Google News, we had to decide whether sources that cannot be viewed in China should be included for Google News users inside the PRC. Naturally, we want to present as broad a range of news sources as possible. For every edition of Google News, in every language, we attempt to select news sources without regard to political viewpoint or ideology. For Internet users in China, we had to consider the fact that some sources are entirely blocked. Leaving aside the politics, that presents us with a serious user experience problem...We also considered the amount of information that would be omitted. In this case it is less than two percent of Chinese news sources.