Google has belatedly decided to remove the filter in response to cyber attacks on their servers from the Chinese government. China's actions come as no surprise to those of us who understand the nature of freedom, or the lack thereof in China.
The basic political principle of the Objectivist ethics is: no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. No man—or group or society or government—has the right to assume the role of a criminal and initiate the use of physical compulsion against any man. Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. - Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness [bold mine]If Google is looking for a pat on the back for their change of heart, they won't get it here. They knowingly perpetuated violations of individual rights by allowing the Chinese government of forcibly control the information shared between individuals. Their change in policy does not negate the great wrong they committed over the past 4 years.