China Disables Some Google Functions

by admin June 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm

BEIJING — The Chinese government disabled some search functions on the Chinese-language Web site of Google Friday, saying the site was linking too often to pornographic and vulgar content. Government officials met with managers of the Chinese operations of Google on Thursday afternoon to warn them that the company would be punished if the Web site was not purged of the offending material, according to a report Friday by Xinhua, the state news agency.

Earlier on Thursday, a government-supported Internet watchdog group, the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center, had criticized the search engine for its erotic content and threatened punishment from the government. The group had said that Google had already been warned twice, in January and April, about its content.

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