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Should Google Censor Their Search Results In Order To Operate In China?
By censoring their search results, Google is acknowledging the legitimacy of China's oppression of its citizens.
The topics that Google has agreed to
include human rights, democracy and peaceful protest.
Google should not compromise their stance on freedom of speech and free access to information in order to achieve capital gains.
Acceding to China's demands makes it clear to other large authoritarian
that Google is willing to offer a tailored service if the alternative is not being allowed entry to the market.
Google's tools would be used to further the oppression of Chinese citizens.
Allowing Google to partake in this act of suppression of thought in order to compete with Baidu in the market could potentially bring further apathy towards the Chinese government acts of authoritarianism.
By developing search engine technology to restrict Chinese citizen's freedoms, they agree that individual freedoms of association and speech are not inherent rights
This would hurt Google's status as one of the most socially responsible companies in the world.
Google complies with laws even if it doesn't agree with them. Google complied with rulings it appealed and is very unlikely to approve, such as a recent fine from the
European Court of Justice
Censoring results says nothing of most aspects of China's oppression of it citizens, such as extrajudicial detention.
In practice, abandoning the Chinese market is a more complete capitulation to Chinese censorship because it only serves to deny consumers in China any access to Google's services.
When Google operates in the United States, it is not criticized for legitimizing American foreign policy or America's treatment of African Americans. Singling out China for oppressing its citizens is hypocritical and orientalist.
The Chinese state has a right to censor the internet to ensure
the nation's stability
Google is already
search results in the west based on political decisions of sovereign nations. It wouldn't matter much if they agree to censor Chinese search result on behalf of their legitimate governments requests as well.
The Chinese government is the actor implementing the censorship and therefore deserves full blame/responsibility.