Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, met with reporters near Capitol Hill and acknowledged the company has compromised its values by relenting to Chinese censorship demands. He said Google is trying to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course. Google China or GuGe, the new Chinese name for the search engine, omits search results that are politically sensitive. Human rights groups have criticised Google for their agreement with the Chinese government even though Yahoo and MSN both have a presence in China.
“It’s perfectly reasonable to do something different, to say, ‘Look, we’re going to stand by the principle against censorship and we won’t actually operate there.’ That’s an alternate path,” Brin said. “It’s not where we chose to go right now, but I can sort of see how people came to different conclusions about doing the right thing.”