Beijing says it is satisfied that Google is complying with Chinese laws after the internet giant made changes to the way it redirects users to an unfiltered search page in Hong Kong.
The latest comments from the ministry in charge of the internet in China seem to close a months-long censorship dispute that had threatened the US company’s future in the country which has more internet users than anywhere else.
Zhang Feng, the Director General of the Department of Communications Development at the Information Technology Ministry, said that Google has agreed to “not provide any information that may endanger China’s national security, damage China’s national interests, agitate ethnic hatred, or spread superstitious information, damage social stability and instigate pornography, violence and other indecent content.”
Google’s Hong Kong site is not subject to Beijing’s censorship rules but a firewall remains in place blocking Chinese users from seeing anything the government considers subversive or pornographic.
And by not having a full presence in China, Google is losing market share to its Chinese rival Baidu.