Google has come with new strategies to tackle censor policies. Google has decided to dedicate the search engine’s blogs to local domains. It is said to be the middle-path that Google has decided to run on.
Blogging platform has been dedicated to respective country’s local code or domain (ccTLD). Any search regarding the blog will automatically redirect to a local ccTLD address rather than default address of “.Com”
That means if a blog search has been opted from Pakistan, Google will be automatically redirected to http://googleblog.blogspot.pk/ , similarly Australian blogs will be redirected to http://googleblog.blogspot.com.au. For each and every country, ccTLD has been released.
The main reason that has been stated in media by the Google officials for using the transformation policy is
“Migrating to localized domains will allow us to continue promoting free expression and responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law. By utilizing ccTLDs, content removals can be managed on a per country basis, which will limit their impact to the smallest number of readers. Content removed due to a specific country’s law will only be removed from the relevant ccTLD,”
Somewhat similar move has also been taken by Twitter as they announced to allow country-specific censorship of tweets that could be in contravention to local laws.
Dick Costolo, Chief Executive of Twitter said
“a thoughtful and honest approach to doing this and it’s in fact being done in a way that’s forward-looking.”