Google set to announce withdrawal from China in April

Google is to announce this week the complete withdrawal of its services in China as its relationship with the country’s government sours further, according to reports.


The search giant said it would stop censoring results to its Chinese users after hackers targeted the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists in January.

It said it was a “sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China” and was no longer willing to censor its Chinese site’s results, as the country’s government requires.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google will announce its withdrawal from the Chinese market as early as today, with its exit date expected to be 10 April.

Following the cyber-attacks, Google was supported by rival internet giant Yahoo, which released a statement reading: “We stand aligned that these kinds of attacks are deeply disturbing and strongly believe that the violation of user privacy is something that we as internet pioneers must all oppose.”

However Alibaba, a Chinese etail group in which Yahoo has a 40% stake, said Yahoo shouldn’t have aligned itself with Google “given the lack of facts in evidence”.

Google established a Chinese office in 2006.

This story first appeared on

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here