Monday, January 18, 2010

Week 23 of POOP

As I've fought Google for months over its unauthorized reposting of my copyrighted posts - and its failure to let folks remove posts by people impersonating them - a glimmer of hope is on the horizon.

Google now says it's going to stop censoring content that the Chinese government tells it to censor.

Why was it censoring it in the first place? Google forces individuals to get a court order just to remove their own material, but it blocked everything the Chinese government told it to just by demand?

Granted, even that didn't approach the level of evil of what Yahoo! was doing. Yahoo! was ratting out journalists to Red China to receive years-long prison terms. I'd also like to know why Congress hasn't passed that bill yet that was supposed to prohibit companies from doing stuff like this.

Does Google standing up against the Chinese regime mean it will start respecting Internet users' control of their own material again? I hope so. But don't count on it.

2 comments:

  1. FYI ... Blogspot is owned by Google.

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  2. Gee, thanks for the news flash, Tom Brokaw.

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