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Guy in Shenzhen is Suing China Unicom Because He Can’t Use Google

Posted: 09/5/2014 1:54 pm

Memorial of flowers at Google’s headquarters in Beijing right before the company left China in 2010.

A Shenzhen man has taken the country’s second-largest telecom provider to court because it hasn’t been able to provide him with Google services after several months, reports Global Times.

Twenty-five year-old Wang Long has filed the first lawsuit of its kind against China Telecom after losing access to Gmail and Google. He noted that China Telecom has already admitted its inability to provide these services to him in court.

[I and China Unicom] have a contractual relation. They should offer me telecom services, yet they still failed to provide access [to these sites and services]. They should be held responsible for this failure.

A verdict is expected later this month.

Google pulled its servers out of China in 2010 instead of acquiescing to government demands to censor its search results.

But as an anonymous cyber security expert interviewed by Global Times points out, Wang’s anger is misdirected. The expert said:

China Unicom has nothing to do with the failure. It is Google that should be blamed, since it does not operate its business in China. I call on companies like Google or Twitter or Facebook to offer services in China and accept [proper supervision].

Photo: Epoch Times

  • Toothless

    Must be retarded. I have full access to everything at faster speeds then the standard crap!
    All for free!
    Wonder if i will get hated on for trolling by the truthful detective.

  • tpr007

    I had to use a vpn to post this comment. .. Thanks to being in China and therefore I can’t log in with my twitter, Google or Facebook accounts. ..

    It’s not the fault of China telecom or Google; the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the Chinese government who want to restrict access to information. Very 1984.

    • Toothless

      Its actually the fault of Google, facefook and the others.
      They refuse give Chinese government information of posters or remove stuff.
      Yet they do this for every other government.
      So the blame lays with google.
      Bing runs ok because they have agreement.
      So fuck google and facefook

      • tpr007

        China want to censor search results and persecute those who don’t bow to their crazy ideas. China is at fault and everyone knows except those blinded by ignorance or propaganda.

        • Toothless

          FBI come into a small town in Wales. Unannounced to local or government in UK. Kicked doors off to arrest some young kid who posted something shit about the prick US president.
          That information given to them by google.
          Many times in many countries. All information supplied by google and facebook.
          Also if you dare watch the beheading videos on YouTube you are in serious sht.
          So please understand why things are blocked here.

          • tpr007

            Rubbish. Blocking an entire search engine? Blocking email services? Blocking Facebook, Twitter and more? This is simply about controlling the flow of information, especially that which relates to atrocious behaviour in China. Pathetic really. Like a spoiled child, and there’s plenty of those here in China.

          • Toothless

            Because these services refuse to cooperate with Chinese legal requirement to operate here!
            They do it on purpose so they get blocked so everyone points fingers at Chinese government!
            Its all political games!
            How can they be allowed to operate here unchecked!
            You think British or US government would allow them to operate if they didn’t directly cooperate with those governments .

          • foreign aggressor

            You’re right that it’s all political games, but Google is not the one playing. Google stood up for their principles, and paid the price. I respect them much more for it. When economic reform started in China, many were optimistic that it signaled a new cultural evolution. But with the recent developments in Hong Kong, and more foreign businesses getting screwed over by selective enforcement, it is apparent that the ppl in control are only in it for themselves. The sooner foreign corporations realize the level of deceit and selfishness that this culture encourages, the sooner they will realize the futility of cooperating with Chinese. So go ahead, China, kick out all the foreign competition, secure profits for party cronies. You’ll be doing us a favor in the long term.

            Oh, but sorry wumao, you’ll probably be out of a job because after all the foreign businesses leave, there will be reduced demand for CCP propaganda in English.

          • Toothless

            you respect Google for removing blogs.exposing British government cover ups?
            You respect Google for giving British government information on people who post such blogs?
            pat your self on the back.
            Next you will be respecting the NSA.

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