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23 Mar, 2010 07:47

China lashes out at Google’s lifting censorship

China has accused the world's leading search engine of breaking the promises it made when entering the market, after Google stopped self-censoring search results in the country.

It is now re-directing visitors to its unfiltered Hong Kong site.

However, not all results will still be accessible inside China, as government filters restrict the links people can click on.

Google's decision was announced in January and implemented this Monday after a series of hacking attacks against it, originating from China.

But as the editor of the Silicon Valley Watcher, Tom Foremski, told RT, the revolt may cost the Internet giant its future in the country.

“They haven’t actually left China though. They have just redirected their search site to Hong Kong, which operates under different rules. The Chinese government does not censor sites from Hong Kong or in Hong Kong, even though it is still part of China. So, Google wants to keep its R&D in China and also its sales teams, but the way the government is acting, and especially over the weekend, there was a lot of animosity towards Google from the Chinese media and other groups," Tom Foremski said.