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Google: The reluctant censor of the Internet

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — When we think of online censorship, the first thing that comes to mind is totalitarian governments like China. But Google is one of the biggest unofficial Internet censors in the world.

In order for Google to operate in the 219 countries and territories it does business in, the search giant has to obey local laws and rules — many of which require Google to remove certain content from its search results and other sites.

So in Turkey, Google takes down links to sites that defame the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — that’s illegal there. In Thailand, denigrating the Thai monarch is against the law, so Google blocks YouTube videos in Thailand that ridicule King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

And in Germany, France and Poland, where it is illegal to publish pro-Nazi material or content that denies the Holocaust, Google does not display links to certain sites on…

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