It's Official: Google Keeps License in China

Lora Bentley
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Will Google Take a Stand in China?

 

Just in case anyone was really wondering anymore, the Chinese government announced Tuesday that it renewed Google's Internet content provider's license because the company had "pledged to obey censorship laws and stop automatically switching mainland users to its unfiltered Hong Kong site."

 

According to an Associated Press piece published in The Washington Post, it's the first official word on the matter since regulators threatened to yank Google's license.

 

Zhang Feng, the director of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's Telecoms Development Department, said the company has promised to obey the law and not link to "material deemed a threat to national security or social stability."

 


Now, instead of automatically rerouting users in mainland China to Google.hk, visitors to Google.cn have the option to click to the Hong Kong site. The story says Google does not currently profit from its business in China, but losing the search platform there would prevent Google from capitalizing on future market growth.

 

Interestingly, the "official" word comes more than a week after Google announced its license had been renewed.



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