China to Google: Stop Sending Users to Hong Kong

Google will give users a choice in hopes to appease Beijing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2010 7:04 AM CDT
Passengers look through windows on a bus painted with Google's advertisement in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 25, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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(Newser) – Google will stop automatically rerouting users of its China search site to its Hong Kong site, the company said today, after Beijing threatened the company with the loss of its Internet license. Instead of automatically being switched to Hong Kong, visitors to now see a tab that says in Chinese "We have moved to" "They made it clear to us that they did not think the redirect was acceptable," said a Google spokeswoman. She declined to say what reasons the government gave for its objections.

Google shut down its China-based search engine March 22 to avoid cooperating with the communist government's Internet censorship and has rerouted users to its unfiltered site in Hong Kong. But Google said regulators told the company its Internet license, which expires tomorrow, would not be renewed if that continues. Google still operates a music download service and several other features on that are not affected by filtering regulations and the company wants those services to continue.

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