random notes from our staff

Is Google’s move in China a sincere worry with censorship OR is it just a business move? First was the ban on YouTube and now the GMail attacks. These are drowning the business for Google, which has just a shrinking 30% share on advertising there.

This was wayback in 2006 when they move in:

Google’s senior policy counsel, Andrew McLaughlin, defended Google’s decision, saying the company was trying to balance its commitments ”to satisfy the interests of users, expand access to information, and respond to local conditions.” ”While removing search results is inconsistent with Google’s mission,” McLaughlin said in an e-mailed statement sent to the Associated Press on Wednesday, ”providing no information (or a heavily degraded user experience that amounts to no information) is more inconsistent with our mission.”

Their “mission” can be what they call it to be BUT the way the pay the bills is by selling ads. And they only sell ads if they have working and viewable services.

Being such a shrinking player in the huge online advertising market in China and loosing their credibility (with recent GMail attacks) and their most important money revenue (with YouTube being banned) is this just a clever balckmail attempt to force China’s government to allow a slightly less censored service and to reinstate YouTube or are they sincere?

Well! Time will tell.

  1. I wonder if even the giant Google could be successful in getting China to relax its censorship?

  2. On the link at the article related with the “clever blackmail” you’ll see that there is a lot more in stake than just the Google money. Trade negotiations and billions are at the table here.

    Also, the fact that the guys at Google talked, previously to making this move, with the Obama administration is also something for a second look.

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