Google rejects China’s censorship
In early March of this year, Google finalized their decision to pull out of China’s web searches. China upholds strict laws on self-censorship that prevent their users from searching specific topics such as politics or history. One of China’s most controversial censorship is that of the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 1989. In all other countries, you can search “Tiananmen Square Massacre” and find images from the tragic event that took place. In China, however, you will find no traces of the event in history. Images are replaced with pictures of the Square or family-friendly photos of the Chinese. The following image is a juxtaposition of the two search results:
The Chinese government views it as a taboo topic and looks down on any type of dissenting voice. Months before the finalization, Google threatened to pull out of China because of their contradicting values, but China remained adamant. Today, China operates without the world’s biggest search engine. Google had to weigh its necessary pros and cons – Losing over 400 million viewers or upholding morals? They chose the latter. It is unsettling to believe, but China continues to censor their websites, more so now than before.