Saturday, February 04, 2012

Google Censoring Blogs

I noticed something different via my sitemeter the other day: where did that .in and .au come from? I'd never seen those before...

I did a little investigating: seems twitter has given Google some ideas... this snippet from MSNBC:
To deal with government censorship, Google said that some blogs may be redirected on the Web to a different "country-code top level domain," or ccTLD. "For example, if you're in Australia and viewing [blogname].blogspot.com, you might be redirected [blogname].blogspot.com.au. A ccTLD, when it appears, corresponds with the country of the reader’s current location."

In a Q&A about the change, Google said:

Migrating to localized domains will allow us to continue promoting free expression and responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law. By utilizing ccTLDs, content removals can be managed on a per country basis, which will limit their impact to the smallest number of readers. Content removed due to a specific country’s law will only be removed from the relevant ccTLD.

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  1. Hey! Its weird, I have been posting blogs exposing government conspiracies and such, but when I search on google for key terms and tags, my blog does not show up anywhere! Even when I limit the search to "within the last 24 hours". Am I searching wrong, or is google censoring my site?

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