Anti-Censorship Group Tests Indicate Google is Censoring News Results in China

September 17, 2004

Bill Xia, head of Dynamic Internet Technology Inc., has published a report stating that testing indicates Google is censoring results on one of its news pages. According to Xia, developer of a computer program called "Freegate" which enables users in China to circumvent Internet censorship imposed by that country's government, Google's mainland China news page returned different results depending on whether the search was conducted in China or in the U.S. Specifically, searches performed in the U.S. returned results that included Chinese dissident news websites such as Duo Wei and Epoch Times. Searches for identical terms conducted on Google from within China return a messages that no results were found.