The past few months have been filled with strife for Internet mega-power Google, as they haven been dealing with real-world power China. In early January, Google announced that there had been malicious attacks attempting to reveal the identities and Gmail accounts used by human rights activists in China. These attacks were discovered to be coming from within the Chinese government itself.
In retaliation, Google announced it was considering ending the services it provides to China. This was followed by threats that the search engine was questioning whether it should filter the searches made through its Chinese site at all. Censoring content is standard for any Internet search engine, which works in China. This stringent censorship has been criticized, and Google was not exempt from such criticism when they agreed to follow China