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Google's Full of Porn, Says China

First the Chinese government shut down the Twitterverse, and now parts of Google are under siege. Officials met with managers of Chinese operations of the search engine Thursday to warn that if vulgar and pornographic content were not removed from its site, two of Google’s basic functions would be disabled. The associative-word feature, which brings up related terms when words are typed into Google’s search bar, went missing Friday, and the ability to search overseas sites might also be removed. The ban comes at a time when China is making a variety of efforts to govern Internet activity, the most extreme being the government’s plan to order computer makers to implant Internet censorship software on all computers sold after July 1. Unlike the United States, however, where Google is regarded as the definitive search engine, a site called Baidu reigns supreme in China.

June 19, 2009 5:21 PM