If Google goes to China, will it tell the truth about Tiananmen Square?

Nope, no profit in truth for what Google has become.


The company’s controversial plan to relaunch search is a chance to stand up for truth in the age of disinformation

Google’s plan to relaunch search in China, the world’s largest market, is facing pushback from employees, human rights defenders and politicians. With good reason. The Chinese government will insist that the search engine suppress results related to the Tiananmen democracy protests of 1989, in which several hundred peaceful protesters were shot by the army.

But international norms oblige companies to treat human rights atrocities such as the Tiananmen Square massacre differently. Suppressing information about these atrocities undermines the individual and collective right to truth that is increasingly recognized in human rights law.

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