Google says it’s taking “a new approach to China” and will stop censoring search results there, even if it means they have to shut down Google.cn and their China offices. The announcement is a huge deal, and it set off some fantastic insta-commentary from tech writers on Twitter. My favorite, shown above, is courtesy of Joel Johnson. More inside.
Most people’s reactions were emotional, proud, celebratory:
Others dug deeper or cracked jokes.
From a friend who shall remain nameless because her/his tweets are protected:
From an obvious Microsoft-lover:
# The Google/China thing is so much bigger than Google just deciding to stop censoring. That’s small beans compared to the big picture.
# Basically, Google thinks the Chinese gov could be behind these attacks, attempting to use Google as a pawn to get info on detractors…
# …and is saying so without actually saying so.
# The wording is very careful and calculated in that sense. Not to mention that others have suspected the same for a long time.
Finally, Cheng’s prediction on how this will play out:
# China will tell Google to suck it and Google will pull out, and America will forget all about it in a week.
If you want more than 140 characters, here’s The New York Times’ first take on the news.