Google has finally hit the long standing nail on the Google China coffin and packed it off to Hong Kong. Users who visit Google.cn are now automatically redirected to Google.com.hk, effectively ending search censorship in China.
In a saga which has now stretched a few months, Google has finally stopped operations in China and will no longer censor search results in China. The move which was sparked when Chinese hackers hacked into the email account of some diplomats also dubbed as Operation Aurora which may have included some Google Employees.
Google had claimed that they would move out of China by April 10th, however that move came in earlier than expected. We had also spotted that Google was already censoring some search results as early as last week.
Google has also created a new page which displays the status of Google services in China, some of the services including YouTube and Blogger have been blocked for a long time now. However, I am wondering how quickly those green tick marks will turn into red cross marks now.
Back in January, we told you how some Chinese users of Google were offering condolences to Google China, however, let the real condolences pour through now.
This is not the end, the battle has just begun. The developments of the next few weeks and months will be pretty interesting to say the least. Don’t worry, we will keep you in the loop.