January 29, 2006

Just click the "Jesus" button in Preferences > National > Non-Persons ...

Bryan Preston notes that Google China is not just tossing political matters like Tianamen Square down the Memory Hole; religion is another inconvenience the commies and their capitalist under-strappers would rather do without:

...It’s easy enough to check. Google’s Chinese page for image searches is http://images.google.cn. We’ve been running searches from there and the surprising thing is that you don’t always get the same search results each time you run it. It’s almost as though your own machine’s cache of previous searches is influencing the results you get on subsequent searches. Or maybe Google is still tweaking the filters, so some things slip through sometimes but not at other times. Whatever is happening behind the scenes, it’s beyond argument that Google users in China are not getting the same search results as Google users in the US and elsewhere.

The difference in search results can be striking. On a clean search, Google-China turned up 10 hits on an image search for jesus christ. Just like that, no quotes. By comparison, the US version of Google image search turns up 168,000 hits on the same exact search terms. 168,000 versus 10. And this is just an image search. We’re not searching for the teachings of Jesus, just pictures. China’s version of Google significantly filters the search

Further, Google-China is even censoring photos of churches for some reason. On the US image search page, a search for church turns up more than 2.8 million hits. On Google-China, church turns up just 723 hits.

How about christian? In the US, 2.36 million hits; Google-China nets 819.

This is no accident. Google is helping its business partners in Beijing airbrush Jesus Christ right off the Chinese internet. Its cyber dragnet even nets people with the word “Christian” in their name, just to make sure Chinese citizens won’t get religion from their search engine results. Google needs to drop its “Don’t be evil” motto and replace it with something more honest, like “We help evil be evil.”

This is a very serious issue. Google has put its financial bottom line over basic human rights. An American company is assisting the Chinese government in a Stalinistic airbrushing of faith from the internet. That Google is helping Beijing wipe Jesus Christ off the web at the same time that it is defying a fairly routine request from the US government for search data to determine if kids are accessing hard core p)rn is unconscionable...

But don't you understand!! If the brave young idealists of Google don't stand up to the jack-booted Bush Brownshirts....it could be the first step on the road to..to...TYRANNY! THEOCRACY! The slippery slope! First they came for the Child P)rn. But I was not that kind of perv, so I did nothing. Then they came for bestiality...!

I just wonder what the Google people thought, when told by the Chinese that they would have to hit the ol' Delete Key on Jesus Christ...How did they feel? Are they so "modern," so secular-rationalist that they felt nothing? It makes me feel queasy. Posted by John Weidner at January 29, 2006 7:11 PM

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