Google To China: Our Search Engine Is Being Manipulated

Jun 1, 2012 • 7:49 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Google China LogoGoogle and China don't necessarily get along too well. To read about their history, start here.

Google's lastest revelation about their relationship is not shocking but extremely revealing. In short, when you search on Google in mainland China, certain queries will automatically make the search engine stop loading. It will look as if Google is down or the internet is down and last that way for 90 seconds until it resets.

Here is a video demo by Google of the behavior:

Google says they investigated their systems and these issues are "outside Google's control and unrelated to Google's technology."

So to make for a better user experience, Google pops up a message when one of the hundreds of thousands of keywords that may trigger these disruptions to help the user understand why the search is not working:

Google China Search Warning Message

The message gives the searcher the option to search anyway or edit their search plus provides a link to an explanation.

Pretty revealing stuff.

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Comments:

Adam Thompson

06/01/2012 03:12 pm

I wonder why China wants to block people from searching for Yangtze River?

Russ Offord

06/01/2012 05:43 pm

they like KFC but not McDonalds, eh?! ;) talk about the financial kickback possibilities. ;P

Webstats Art

06/03/2012 02:16 pm

China does not need google. It already has its own versions that do far better.

80034939@qq.com

10/20/2012 07:34 am

What's reported is absolutely right. I've been searching by google for resources for more than 6 years, but over 1 or 2 years, it seems that google is down for some unknown reason followed by unreasonable suggestions to turn to China mainland engines! shit!!!

80034939@qq.com

10/20/2012 07:38 am

u r shitting!! google is now the most powerful seaching engine, what u need is a shitting engine for nothing

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