Internet firm in China stops using Google services
An Internet company run by one of Asia's richest men said Tuesday it has ended its affiliation with Google Inc. as the American search giant stopped censoring the Internet in violation of Chinese regulations.
Making good on threats made more than two months ago, Google shifted its search engine off the mainland to Hong Kong, a Chinese territory where companies are not required to censor Internet search results.
TOM Online, a mainland Chinese Internet firm controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, said Tuesday it was stopping use of Google's search services after "the expiry of agreement."
"TOM reiterated that as a Chinese company, we adhere to rules and regulations in China where we operate our businesses," the company's parent, Hong Kong-based TOM Group, said in a statement Tuesday.
TOM declined to say when it stopped using Google services or provide any details of its agreement with the Google.
Tom Online runs online and mobile Internet services in mainland China.