Porn Charges Squeeze Google’s China Engine

From Caijing Magazine:

A dispute with Chinese authorities over allegedly pornographic content could slow down the pace of growth in the country for Google but won’t change its search engine strategy, telecoms research firm Analysys International Consulting analyst Li Zhi has told Caijing magazine.

Google.cn, Google’s portal in China, has restored its “suggest search prompt” function, but the search services for foreign sites are still unavailable. Chinese authorities in June ordered the search engine to suspend both functions and block what the country said was pornographic and vulgar content.

The “incident” will affect advertisers’ decision-making because it damaged Google’s brand image, Li said.

Beijing-based China Intelli Consulting Corp. president Lu Bowang said the dispute had no substantive impact on Google’s fundamentals in China.

August 2, 2009 5:56 AM
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