Nicholas Kristof editorializes that Google, unlike Obama who ran away from the Dalai Lama so as to not offend China, is standing up to the growing giant of China. Google is telling China that they will no longer censor search results even if that means they must leave the country. Predictably, China tried to censor the debate with Google, but Twitters from Chinese citizens indicating “It’s not Google that’s withdrawing from China, it’s China that’s withdrawing from the world” was the response from China’s Netizens.
One event that appeared to prompt Google’s action was a sophisticated Chinese attempt to penetrate the gmail addresses of Chinese dissidents. Kristof notes, “young Chinese also are infinitely creative. When the government blocks references to ‘June 4,’ the date of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Netizens evade the restriction by typing in ‘May 35.'”
Hooray for Google and Chinese Netizens! What say you all?