June 15, 2006

Google Groups Censorship in Germany - found two posts

Refining yesterday's work on Google Groups Censorship, I've managed to determine two of the specific posts which have been censored. Note these are censored over the world, not just within Germany. They're:

Message-ID "1147700268.906162.35470@j55g2000cwa.googlegroups.com"
Message-ID "1147883544.336917.193380@u72g2000cwu.googlegroups.com"

Obviously, I can't link to them in Google Groups. But it turns out that they're quoted later on in the "de.soc.politik.misc" newsgroup thread, at


This can be verified by constructing a WORD or AUTHOR search query which would return the post if it were not banned, but instead will return the censorship message. Don't try to search by message-id, that won't distinguish between normal missing posts and censored posts. And be sure to disable the similarity option ("we have omitted some entries very similar") - amusingly, self-referentially, the censored posts always count as omitted.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in google | on June 15, 2006 02:54 AM (Infothought permalink)
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There are so many censored sites in Germany! It is a violation of human rights. There is no difference between China and Germany. Chinese people know that they are censored, most of the Germans do not know.

Posted by: Anna Auburg at July 21, 2006 04:11 PM