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Google Admits China Censorship Hurt Reputation

Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, has admitted the company’s decision to censor its search results to appease the Chinese government, damaged the public perception of the company.

Asked whether he regretted the decision, Mr Brin admitted yesterday: “On a business level, that decision to censor… was a net negative.”…Mr Brin said the company had suffered because of the damage to its reputation in the US and Europe.

Despite the negative response, Google doesn’t appear ready to back-track on its decision.

Co-founder Larry Page said: “We always consider what to do. But I don’t think we as a company should be making decisions based on too much perception.”

Page added that most of the negative reactions came from people reading headlines and not actually exploring the details of Google’s move.

What do you think? It certainly feels like Google’s cooperation with the government in China, left people wondering if the “Don’t Be Evil” mantra was out the window.