Why China hates Google? The red censor doesn't sleep
By Stela Roman
On Thursday, China blocked a Google search feature. The users were unable to use «suggest» feature, which shows possible results the user could be interested in while typing a query.
Google spokeswoman Jessica Powell said that: "It appears that search queries produced by Google Suggest are being blocked for mainland users in China. Normal searches that do not use query suggestions are unaffected."
The company faced similar problems with its other services, such as YouTube, that get blocked periodically.
On March 22, Google closed its site in China and started redirectig the users to its Hong Kong site, because it wasn't filtered. This week the site stopped this maneuver because it was warned by China government that it can cost them he loss of the company's Internet license in the country.
Even though Google's China license runs until 2012, it must be renewed each year. The company applied for renewal before the deadline but hasn't received any response yet.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported that "there will be a result soon" and Google was "very late" in submitting the application.