Google’s Censorship Warning For Chinese Users Is Deprecated



The search engine giant has deprecated its warning system on it’s Chinese homepage. The warning system used to help/warn users that searching for certain ‘sensitive’ keywords might interrupt their connection. The Free Speech Campaigners have noted that the Google search engine has ended the fight against the censorship in China. The Google executive team visiting North Korea and pulling down the warning system in Chinese homepage points towards something fishy.

Google last year started a warning system which warned the Chinese users about the sensitive words and censorship of some keywords could lead the ‘Great Firewall’ of China to make websites unavailable and prevent access to the search engine. Google added the warning message to its homepage in China in May 2012, to help the users inside the country and protect them from the collection of filtering and monitoring tools used by Chinese government to control the Internet.

The freedom speech campaigners supported the warning system which helped the users to save themselves from getting censored or getting interrupted but the Chinese authorities came up with new ways to censor the search engine and was described as ‘counterproductive’ by Google Staff.

The search engine giant issued a warning system to help its users stay connected because after searching some sensitive keywords such as ‘freedom’, ‘human rights’ etc have been showing a lot of connection errors, with users sometimes not able to reach Google for about a minute.

The Great Fire Project had reported that within 24 hours of Google launching the new feature in May 2012, the Great Firewall has blocked the Javascript file containing the warning and keyword list. Google then changed the URL of the file, which was also blocked later after that Google embedded the whole feature in HTML of its homepage which made it impossible to be blocked by the Firewall without blocking the whole Google site itself.

But the HTML code added weight to the loading time and ultimately Google removed it because the code became much more lengthy or the search engine wants to expand its business in China and possibly North Korea.

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