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Wednesday, 10 November 2010 10:09

Google faces hungry workers in China

Written by Nick Farell
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Doing evil claims
Search outfit Google, which claims to have done no evil, is facing Chinese hunger strikers. According to IT World, these are advertising resellers who are protesting that Google has terminated their contracts.

More than 200 employees from the seven Chinese ad reselling companies began protesting outside Google's offices in Shanghai. More than 40 of those participating have gone on a hunger strike that will last until the group's grievances are resolved.

Google told the seven ad resellers that it would be ending the partnerships in September, but refused to say why. The group has even written an open letter to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, asking them for their intervention. All the companies depended on Google to be viable and no one really knows why the search engine has suddenly pulled the plug.

The hungry ad resellers want Google to say sorry and pay $7 million in compensation. Google on the other had has told them to go forth and multiply. It says that it has done nothing illegal and was acting in terms of its contract. It apparently never tells partners why it has to end contracts. However it did say that it was hoping to find new resellers to partner with so we can provide a “better service to our advertisers.”

Google is not having a good time behind the bamboo curtain. In March, the company started to stop censoring its search results in the country. Now the Google.cn site no longer operates as a search engine, but instead provides a link to Google's Hong Kong page, which offers unfiltered results.

What appears to have happened is the move to Hong Kong made it difficult for the Chinese resellers to flog enough adverts. However it is a bit of bad PR for Google. Starving people is always bad PR.

Nick Farell

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-10 #1 function69 2010-11-10 10:55
Google, don't f*ck with China! :lol:
 
 
+8 #2 Squall_Leonhart 2010-11-10 11:23
[censored] china.
 
 
-6 #3 PainPig 2010-11-10 12:27
China has been selling us LEAD paint in toys for our kids, I say F@@k China in the A$$. Let them STARVE!
 
 
+1 #4 yasin 2010-11-10 23:22
Quoting PainPig:
China has been selling us LEAD paint in toys for our kids, I say F@@k China in the A$$. Let them STARVE!

you realise they recalled them yeah?or has your head been stuck in a hole a bit too long?
 
 
-1 #5 Dilbert 2010-11-11 09:08
Quoting yasin:
Quoting PainPig:
China has been selling us LEAD paint in toys for our kids, I say F@@k China in the A$$. Let them STARVE!

you realise they recalled them yeah?or has your head been stuck in a hole a bit too long?

yeah because we made them recall it, they didn't seem to think it was an issue when they made the toys?

anyway, since when do people get tell a company that they have to hire you? i don't starve myself to get a job, i fill out applications and take interviews.

the Chinese are frickin idiots
 
 
-1 #6 MuadDib 2010-11-14 01:24
Hey, you sinophobic moron, what made you buy those toys from China?! Wasn't it your crapitalistic greediness; because they were cheeper?!
 
 
+1 #7 Dilbert 2010-11-14 02:24
Quoting MuadDib:
Hey, you sinophobic moron, what made you buy those toys from China?! Wasn't it your crapitalistic greediness; because they were cheeper?!

first off I'm not big on capitalism I'm more of a socialist, do what is best for everyone kinda guy, thus i don't shop at Walmart. And I didn't buy those toys, others did, and what is wrong with buying items from a different country? are you a racist?
 

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