Tiananmen search on Google

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6 Responses to Tiananmen search on Google

  1. So is censorship immoral or just wrong in the US?

  2. Brad R says:

    We coudl discuss, in the abstract, the merits of censorship, but censorship is certainly immoral when the result, like here, is to blatantly distort the truth. The intent of this censorship is to say that the Tiananmen Square tragedy never occured. That’s a lie. That’s immoral.

  3. Brad R says:

    Joshua,
    Maybe I should have thought about your question a little more. If you were just being rhetorical, I clearly missed it (my bad, sorry). If you were asking if it is wrong for Google to censor here on behalf of the Chinese government, the lines are a little blurrier. I still think it’s immoral to partner with the Chinese government in covering up the truth of what happened, but I guess a person could debate it (or try to rationalize it at least). I think, in this case, it’s wrong and I’m really diappointed in Google. This action clarifies what Google is really doing. Is Google trying to make the virtual world more open, available, and accessible for people, or are they trying simply to maximize their market share? In this instance, I think they went for the latter (by gaining 1.3 billion potential new customers) at great expense to the former (by providing false access to information). This sets a bad precedent.

  4. It was more of a rhentorical question that I really wanted people’s ideas on. I hadn’t thought about it much when I asked it, so I didn’t really have a strong feeling each way. I agree that Google’s motive in this round was market share. It is somewhat disappointing.

  5. Ben says:

    Censorship kills puppys and kittens in the US.

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