Google plans to announce Monday that it will stop censoring search results on its site in China, according to officials familiar with the company’s plans.
The company said in January that it was holding talks with authorities in China to determine whether “it could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all.”
It remains unclear whether the world’s largest Internet search firm will leave China entirely, as it has said it might be forced to do.
Under plans to be announced later Monday, the company will say that searches in China will be directed to google.com.hk, an uncensored search site in simplified Chinese, according to one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The company will also publicly disclose to users any attempts by the Chinese government to censor searches.
The State Department said Monday that it was aware of “strong indications” that Google would announce a decision on its future in China Monday.
“As we have said throughout this process this is a decision for Google to make,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.
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