Who knew?

China’s slamming of Google appears to have sparked an online backlash among some Web users in China.

Google’s recent troubles began with a CCTV news broadcast that chastised the company for allowing users to find pornography and other vulgar content via the Chinese version of its search engine, Google.cn.

The program included an interview with a young man named Gao Ye, who was described as a university student.

Gao (shown here during the broadcast) complained that the pornographic content on Google.cn was particularly harmful. He said in the interview, ‘I have this fellow student and he’s been curious about these kinds of things. He visited porn Web sites and ended up becoming absent-minded for a while.’

Which sounds pretty authentic. Viewing porn sites causes memory loss. Not a known syndrome but possible, possible.

Some viewers doubted the truth of Gao’s comments and suspected that he had been coached beforehand. So an Internet search was carried out — there is no place to hide — and it appears that he is a current intern with CCTV.

  1. John Paradox says:

    I forgot what I was going to say….


  2. Don Quixote says:

    No one has told China how they can make a fortune exporting porn, putting all the other makers of porn out of business by using their lower cost manufacturing advantage. First they will deride it, destroying the market, then develope their own product for export.
    Porn makers should no be trembling in their boots. But the American manufacturers don’t have anything to worry about. The Chinese keep saying they don’t want to trade in worthless US dollars, so I hope we can help them by not exporting anymore dollars their way.

  3. The0ne says:

    China should just cut themselves off from the rest of the world, internet-wise. I think that would be a good thing 🙂

  4. Thinker says:

    Chinese reefer madness??

  5. OvenMaster says:

    No wonder I’ve been “absent-minded” since puberty… Thanks, Hef!

  6. Mr. Fusion says:

    Does Alphie watch a lot of porn? You know, that would explain a lot.

  7. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    from a NYTimes article today:

    The government began stepping up pressure on Google last week. CCTV, the state-owned television monopoly, broadcast an interview in which the announcer typed the word “son” into a Google search engine and was dismayed that one of the search terms suggested in Chinese was an “abnormal relationship between son and mother.”

    Google’s software makes it possible to analyze the frequency and source of search terms. In a check on Thursday, Google’s Web site showed that no one had entered the phrase “abnormal relationship between son and mother” in Chinese for months until it suddenly became a popular phrase entered only in Beijing in the days before the show, making it more likely that it would pop up as a suggested search term.

    Sneaky bastards!


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