In 2006, Internet company Google went against its own motto of “Don’t be Evil” and, under pressure from the Communist Chinese government, began to censor its search services in that country.
Eyeing a potential windfall from China’s huge population, and stymied in its expansion efforts by that country’s totalitarian Marxist regime, Google put principals aside and agreed to act as the eyes and ears of the Chinese rulers by becoming a de-facto government censor of Google’s search requests in China.
Almost overnight, the average Chinese citizen was restricted from visiting thousands of web sites that the communists in charge had deemed subversive, such as those dedicated to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, or any sites favorably depicting the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement or those in support of the independence of Taiwan.
China, being a communist state, keeps a tight rein on the Internet, and strictly controls what its citizens are allowed to access. Google’s surprising decision to collaborate with the Chinese regime sent shock waves of disbelief to those advocates of free speech in the non-communist world.
At the time, Google attempted to justify its move as being just a business decision, which would enable it to expand into a new market of nearly 1.3 billion people. A statement released at the time explained:
While removing search results is inconsistent with Google’s mission, providing no information (or a heavily degraded user experience that amounts to no information) is more inconsistent with our mission.
And yet, Google should have known better. A year earlier, Yahoo, one of Google’s main rivals, was strong-armed by the Communist Chinese into supplying it with private data it had mined on a dissident journalist that enabled the government to send him away to prison for 10 years at hard labor.
Knowing full well who it was getting into bed with, Google went ahead anyway, and now, just a few years later, history has is repeating itself: the communists, true to form, have hacked into Google. The attacks probably originated with the Communist Chinese government itself, and it appears that the computers of at least 20 major U.S. companies were compromised. Even more disturbing, the personal information of dozens of human rights activists was also acquired.
Google is now threatening to leave China altogether.
It should have known better in the first place.
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