With the recent news that Google might be breaking off its partnership with the Chinese government we wanted to illustrate what that could mean for Google. Check out this infographic I made and I’ll share my thoughts after.
No one really knows what’s going to happen yet but I suspect that China isn’t going to take this well. They’ll probably respond by blocking Google.cn and ceasing their operations. Google only has about 27% of the search market share in China so it’s not like Google has a ton of leverage over their economy.
Still, Google did say they were going to try to open talks with the Chinese government to figure out how they can operate without censoring search results. It’s possible that this pressure from Google might lead the Chinese government to loosen censorship restrictions but I doubt it. Everything in recent years points to more censorship, not less.
Update: The gloves are off
It looks like google.cn didn’t waste anytime removing the censorship from google image search. A search for “tiananmen massacre” now actually shows pictures of the tiananmen massacre. Under Chinese censorship the search resulted in nothing controversial and only images positive to the chinese government.