Is it Google or China censoring Carrefour?

Is it Google or China censoring Carrefour?

Summary: I guess either way, the answer is ultimately China, but this latest news on Google's censorship in China is a bit strange. Chinese people are very upset with the French due to an attack on a wheelchair bound Olympic torch carrier.

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I guess either way, the answer is ultimately China, but this latest news on Google's censorship in China is a bit strange. Chinese people are very upset with the French due to an attack on a wheelchair bound Olympic torch carrier. The act caused many Chinese people to call for a boycott on Carrefour -- a French supermarket chain.

Today, one of Philipp's readers discovered that searching for Carrefour on google.cn brought back a very strange result -- an almost blank Google page. Google may be censoring search results for this query on behalf of China, but some have even speculated that it could be the Chinese government altering the response to the search without Google being involved at all. The copyright notice on the bottom of the page says 2006, and the HTML itself looks very hacky -- there is even some missing code (There is no at the end of the content).

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There has been no official word from Google about what is happening.

According to "www" on the Blogoscoped forum, the censored information is not to support the boycott, but to try and derail it.

THe government tries to stop the boycotte,it orders all search engine not to show results about carrefour boycott,because Nationalists post "do not go to carrefour " everywhere,and it makes the government worried.

What do you think?

Topics: Government US, Enterprise Software, Google, Government, Software, China

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  • Sorry, but ...

    I need $100 to fill my gas tank now, tech companies are laying off again, and my ARM is about to adjust itself into the stratosphere. I don't much care what the French are doing to the Chinese and visa versa.

    If the subtext of your story is to point out how easy it is for governments to censor the Internet with the willing help of the corporations, well, we knew that already ...
    terry flores
    • Still, for freedom, it is important that we document ongoing forms of

      censorship. This is very relevant.
      DonnieBoy
  • RE: Is it Google or China censoring Carrefour?

    In my opinion one should not trust Google any more than Yahoo or the U.S. government or the government of China.

    They are all equally "evil", if you now want to use that term, or equally "good", if you prefer that one. None of them is in some sense more "elevated" than another.

    Besides the non-response from Google indicates that they themselves could well be involved in the non-results.
    j_joensuu@...
  • RE: Is it Google or China censoring Carrefour?

    Strange - after reading Garett's article, I performed an advanced search for [b]Carrefour[/b], restricting pages to those using simplified Chinese and coming from China. Some 127 000 web pages were listed ; here below the first five :

    home
    www.carrefour.com.cn/ - 3k - Cachad - Liknande sidor - Notera detta - Filter
    百度财经_独家:抵制活动升级家乐福网站被黑
    17 apr 2008 ... 国内 国际 产业 公司 评论 消费 债券 ? 财经风暴眼 财经人物 圈里圈外 百度百评 海外视角 编辑观察 ? 财经 > 宏观 > 产业要闻 > 正文 ...
    finance.baidu.com/n/finance/hongguan/chanye/2008-04-17/15040495624.html - 16k - Cachad - Liknande sidor - Notera detta - Filter
    关于kittyshelley美眉
    对CarreFour,没有恨也没有爱。这阵子,好多好多人号召抵制LV? ... 接着,说要抵制CarreFour了,到昨天晚上,MSN上一片红火,又传出LOREAL也要一起抵制。 ...
    www.hecaitou.net/?p=2805 - 31k - Cachad - Liknande sidor - Notera detta - Filter
    carrefour.com.cn再次被?黑? 家乐福称正在维护_中国IDC圈--中国IDC产业 ...
    carrefour.com.cn再次被?黑? 家乐福称正在维护. ... 福官方网站近日来第二次陷入瘫痪状态。 相关报道:家乐福抵制活动升级carrefour.com.cn被黑. 【责任编辑:junlee】 ...
    www.idcquan.com/domain/723785.html - 27k - Cachad - Liknande sidor - Notera detta - Filter
    家乐福"官网"www.carrefour.com.cn昨恢复_中国IDC圈--中国IDC产业第一站
    carrefour.com.cn再次被?黑? 家乐福称 ? 互联网数据中心机房建设方案 ? 家乐福抵制活动升级 carrefour.com.cn被 ? 天津网通滨海局IDC机房 ...
    www.idcquan.com/domain/723912.html - 29k - Cachad - Liknande sidor - Notera detta - Filter

    If this be censorship, it seems rather inconsistent and ineffective....

    Henri
    mhenriday