Google stops China search filtering

Google appears to have stopped censoring some web search results made on its Chinese search engine, according to reports.

America's NBC says that it has been able to access links to web sites previously blocked by the search giant at the request of the Chinese government, including images of the now iconic protester who stood in front of tanks armed only with a couple of plastic bags during the Tiananmen Square protests of June 1989.

Google is currently having a very public spat with the Chinese government over filtering information the communist regime doesn't want its population to have access to, including the web sites of dozens of anti-government organisations.

NBC made a number of searches for terms which have been blocked in the past using Chinese characters, and many now seem to be accessible, although that access is erratic. China is notoriously sensitive about mentions of Tibet or the Falun Gong.

Google has threatened to pull out of China if it's not allowed to offer uncensored searches. China has told Google to obey Chinese law or shut up shop. Either way it looks like Google's days are numbered in the PRC.

The unknown tank protester is thought to have been executed.