Google has conceded defeat in its latest effort to combat online censorship in China, after a year of behind-the-scenes brinkmanship over sensitive
search terms banned by authorities.
The search company has quietly dropped a warning message shown to Chinese users when they search for politically sensitive phrases, after Beijing found new ways to cut them off from the web.
Google decided to drop the feature in December. A source in China said Google decided it was counterproductive to continue the technical dispute.
A Google spokesman confirmed it removed the notification features in December, but declined to comment further due to the sensitivity of the situation in China.