Google's China Trouble: Politician Googled Himself
Propaganda official became angry after seeing 'critical results'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2010 3:36 PM CST
In this March 25, 2010, file photo, a Chinese flag blows in the air below the Google logo outside the Google China headquarters in Beijing.   (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

(Newser) – Much of Google's trouble with China has to do with a thin-skinned senior politician who Googled himself and discovered, to his horror, that people weren't writing nice things about him. Both the New York Times and the Guardian lead their WikiLeaks coverage with the anecdote about Li Changhun, the country's top propaganda official, who then ratcheted up the pressure on Google to comply with censorship rules. The company eventually pulled out of the country after its servers got hacked.