Friday August 10, 2018

Google Boots Open Source Anti-Censorship Tool From Chrome Store

Google has booted the anti-censorship tool Ahoy! from the Chrome Store and no reason was given. This was a popular tool in Portugal because it allowed people there to navigate to government banned websites. The tool is open source so they have nothing to hide. According to the developer they don't believe any marketplace rules were broken, but Google won't tell them anything. This appears to be a further eroding of Google's "morals" since it was reported earlier this month they would be working with China to provide a censored search engine. I guess they've proven they're just another big corporation that only values their bottom line. Not surprising really, but this is quite the fall for a company that once "Don't be evil."

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Things had been going well. After servicing 100,000 users last December, Ahoy! grew to almost 185,000 users this year. However, progress and indeed the project itself is now under threat after arbitrary action by Google.