Google’s China Decision: The Immediate Aftermath

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) stopped censoring its search results in China early this afternoon. A roundup of the developments in the hours since:

» Google has “violated its written promise it made when entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service and blaming China in insinuation for alleged hacker attacks,” a Chinese government official says via the Xinhua news agency.

» Despite those harsh words, China still hasn’t blocked off access to, which now redirects to Google’s site in Hong Kong. But the <a href="the LA Times reminds us that while mainland China searchers can now — sometimes — see results about “sensitive subjects” on the Hong Kong site they can’t actually navigate to any of the pages those results link to.

» So what types of searches does China censor anyways? Here’s a list, via Wikipedia. As IT World’s Mike Elgan points out, they include results for terms like “dictatorship,” “oppression,” and even “evil.”

» Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who, along with co-founder Larry Page, reportedly drove the new China approach tells the NYT that while the Chinese government didn’t officially tell Google it was okay to redirect to the Hong Kong site, “there was a sense that Hong Kong was the right step.”

» Analysts are downplaying the financial impact of Google’s move, as is the stock market. Google’s stock closed down only half of a percentage point today.