Days after Twitter announced their censorship plans, Google has followed suit with its own plan of action that will only affect its Bloggerplatform.

This censorship basically means that Blogger users will be automatically redirected to a country-specific URL, so if you wish to view a site and you live in Spain for example, you will be directed to instead.

You are probably wondering what the point of this move is. The purpose behind it is to be able to censor a blog in one country but leave it untouched in another. In this way, blog content can be censored according to the rules and regulations of individual countries whilst allowing freedom of expression in those countries that allow it. Google’s official position is as quoted:


Migrating to localized domains will allow us to continue promoting free expressionand responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law. By utilizing ccTLDs, content removals can be managed on a per country basis, which will limit their impact to the smallest number of readers. Content removed due to a specific country’s law will only be removed from the relevant ccTLD. Google’s official position

Over the upcoming weeks, we’ll begin to notice that sites are being redirected and that new countries will gradually be added. Google assures however that blog writers will not notice any visible changes on their page and they are making the necessary adjustments to ensure that SEO will not be affected due to duplicate content on multiple domains.

As with most things though, there is a way around this new move. If the user enters the website they wish to view followed by “ncr”, he/ she will see the page on its original domain. For example, will take you to the US version of the blog. NCR, stands for “No Country Redirect” and this code will work on all operating systems.

What remains to be seen is the effect these changes will have across the globe as censorship is a pretty touchy subject, one that most do not appreciate as they believe it encroaches on basic human rights for freedom of expression regardless of the subject matter.

About Sabrina L. Williams

Although I was born in the UK, I moved to the Canary Islands, Spain at a young age and I haven't looked back. The Canaries is a fantastic place to live, I mean you can do all types of outdoor activities practically all year round because of the great weather. Horses are my poison but the islands are also a superb spot for water sports so they do attract a lot of attention from people around the world. Anyway, enough about that. Back in 2011, I made one of the biggest, scariest yet best decisions I'd ever made and set-up my own business in the middle of a recession. I love what I do as no two days are the same, plus Spanish law keeps me on my toes as it is constantly changing (often without warning!) so there is always something new to learn. As I've branched out in the world of Administrative Consultancy, I decided to create a blog to discuss topics of interest to others in my industry and my clients, share tips and experiences, to see what new ideas people have for improving their businesses and the like so I hope you'll find the time to join me on this venture...

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