`Google prepared to quit China over censor feud`

Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 10:28

Washington: A top Google executive
reaffirmed Thursday that the Internet giant is prepared to leave
China if Beijing says it must censor Web searches or quit the
country.

"Google is firm in its decision that it will stop
censoring our search results for China," Google vice president
and deputy general counsel Nicole Wong told a key US House of
Representatives Committee.

The company is mindful that it has "hundreds of employees
on the ground" and understands "the seriousness or the
sensitivity" of its decision but "we will stop censoring"
search results in China, she said.

If Beijing`s response is to demand the firm shutter its
Google’s site and close up shop in China, "we are prepared to
do that," Wong told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"We are not going to change our decision on not censoring
results anymore," she told lawmakers looking into the
relationship between Internet technology and aiding democratic
activists around the world.

PTI




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