GoDaddy.com, of the annoying Danica Patrick commercials, has announced that it will no longer sell .cn domain names. Why? It is not willing to comply with new rules from the Chinese government which requires domain holders to provide photo ID, says Wired.
Go Daddy’s top lawyer Christine Jones told Congress Wednesday that the new rules were an “attempt to exercise censorship on the subject matter hosted on domain names.”
“We were having to contact Chinese users to ask for their personal information and begrudgingly give it to Chinese authorities,” Jones said. “We decided we didn’t want to become an agent of the Chinese government.”
“We are concerned for the safety of current domain-name holders and about the chilling effect it could have for new registrants,” Jones said.
This comes only days after Google announced it would pull out of China and redirect Google.cn to its uncensored search engine based in Hong Kong.