Internet giant denies change, but famous ‘Tank Man’ picture now accessible

Adrienne Mong
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

BEIJING – Web sites dealing with subjects such as the Tiananmen Square democracy protests, Tibet and regional independence movements could all be accessed through Google’s Chinese search engine Tuesday, after the company said it would no longer abide by Beijing’s censorship rules.

Despite a report in the China Daily that Google China was still filtering content on its search engine and the firm’s own insistence that its policies had not changed, people in Beijing found that it wasn’t necessarily the case.

NBC News, using the publicly accessible Internet, tried searching for three sensitive topics normally blocked in China.

When NBC News in Beijing did a search for the words “Tank Man” in Chinese characters, the iconic image did appear.

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