I’m shocked to say this, but I agree 100% with Valleywag’s take on this scenario:
“Only now, amid executive turnover at Google China and a continued failure to best their state-sponsored competitor there, and after Chinese hackers have endangered the company’s interests globally, does Google get firm on the issue of human rights. It’s a clever way to dress up a security breach — and an embarrassing attempt to partner with China’s authoritarian leaders — as an act of nobility and courage.”
Shame on Google for going into business and accepting such censorship in the first place. Shame on Google for being participant in China’s evil for the past several years for profit. Shame on Google for spinning their current move as a noble one.
Shame on everyone else who applauds Google’s actions in this. You’re just encouraging Google to do more evil and continue to hide it behind PR stunts.
Also, this amount of coverage of the news with very few sane people pointing out that Google has been profitting from Chinese censorship for the past several years is a ludicrous amount of coverage. You’d think that the Apple iSlate had been announced; not that a company is backtracking on a mistake it made years ago.
What should Google do? Donating all their profits from Google.cn to humanitarian rights organizations in China would be a start.