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Google shuts down Beijing site over censorship charges

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Mountain View, Calif.—Following two months of negotiations with the Chinese government over local laws requiring the filtering of search results, Google on Monday began redirecting traffic away from its Chinese-language search service, headquartered in Beijing, and toward its uncensored site based in Hong Kong.

The move comes after the January cyber attacks against Google.cn and local Gmail accounts, prompting the company to threaten to pull out of China entirely. Google said redirecting viewers to its unfiltered Google.hk site represents a compromise with the Chinese government.

When Google entered the Chinese market in 2006, it agreed to self-censor search queries, in accordance with local laws, while notifying users. Google’s unfiltered English-language search service is still accessible in China.

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