5 January 2009

Google fails Chinese government: not all 1 trillion pages clean

It appears Google has failed to meet the expectations of the Chinese government. Indeed, the search engine's results still contain links to pornographic material.

Filtering out the pages that violate China's online policy from the 1 trillion that have been indexed by their search engine is no trivial task. Maybe the government of China thinks that Google employs lots of little men who surf the Internet around the clock and check the appropriateness of the content of each page as they index them.

It is difficult to imagine how Google will be able to sustain its business in China. Presently, technology for automatically distinguishing between pornographic material and non-pornographic material is at best highly unreliable and slow.

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