Yesterday, Google started redirecting Google.cn users to Google.com.hk and displayed uncensored results to all the users. A annoyed user also wrote in how Google had blocked access to Google.com from within China.
However, its China’s turn now as some reports are flowing in that the Chinese government has started blocking certain search results in China. Earlier today, ZDNet got a statement from a Google executive to confirm the banning of certain search results.
"Certain terms seem to be being blocked by the firewall," said a Google spokesperson, referring to the ‘Great Firewall of China’, the popular nickname for Golden Shield.
However, there were no reports on which specific terms were being banned by the Chinese Government. Popular Google services like YouTube and Blogger have suffered a complete ban in China for quite sometime now, and it looks like Google’s web search and image search are headed in the same direction.
Right now Google’s Mainland China service availability page displays full access to Google web search and image search. However, that page has not been updated since March 21st, so expect to see some more red cross-marks appearing on the page soon.