Cuban media slams Google for blocking sites

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Cuban media slams Google for blocking sites
Havana, Dec 4: Irked by Google's policy-change, Cuba's official newspaper, Juventud Rebelde has lashed out at the search engine for blocking some of the application sites from the Cuban users, including Zeitgeist search trends tool.

Criticizing Google for blocking Cuban's access to sites like Google Earth, Google Desktop Search, Google Code, Google Toolbar and Chrome, the official daily said that Google has joined hands with US government in hindering Cuba's internet development.

"This is not the first time, and will almost surely not be the last, that Google contradicts its own 'philosophy' and joins in the US embargo against Cuba, even going against the statements made by the current president, Barack Obama, who said he was committed to facilitating access to new technologies for Cubans," the newspaper said.

However, while the state newspaper has always heaped criticism against the US information provider, it has ignored the fact that the Cuban government too imposes restriction on access of internet.

Cubans are restricted from having internet access at home including blockage of access to numerous sites disapproved by the authorities.

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