Google to censor its search service in China

Google said on Tuesday that it would offer a version in China of its Web, image and local search and news that censors out material deemed objectionable by the authorities there. The services, to be launched in China on Wednesday, will not initially include Gmail or Blogger, Google said. France-based Reporters Without Borders complained in a statement earlier in the day about Google's plans, saying it would make it easier for Chinese officials to filter the Internet and make even less content available to Chinese citizens.

Andrew McLaughlin, senior policy counsel for Google, said the company decided it was the best compromise that could be made. It also follows similar actions taken by competitors Yahoo and Microsoft. Google will inform users with a note at the bottom of the page when content has been removed from the search results, like it does with content it removes to comply with laws in France and Germany, mostly regarding subjects related to Nazis.

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