Google plans to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, marking a major shift in strategy for the U.S. internet giant almost a decade after it exited the world's second largest economy over Beijing's strict censorship rules, according to a report by The Intercept. China employs a digital censorship system known as the "Great Firewall of China" that prevents citizens from accessing websites such as Google and Facebook, it would appear that Google's new search engine will comply with strict Chinese censorship laws in order to operate within the country.
Google is planning to launch a censored search engine in China?
The human rights group said it would be a "dark day for internet freedom" and would constitute "a gross attack on freedom of information and internet freedom" if the tech giant accepted China's censorship terms. Project Dragonfly by Google is a custom censored search engine that makes oppression easier than ever before.
The move would mark an abrupt about-face by the Alphabet Inc. unit and a win for China's communist government, which suppresses free speech online.
The project - codenamed Dragonfly - has been underway since spring of past year, and accelerated following a December 2017 meeting between Google's CEO Sundar Pichai and a top Chinese government official.
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It came on Google's table in the spring of a year ago. Back in 2010, when Google exited China, the company co-founder Sergey Brin said "with respect to censorship, with respect to surveillance of dissidents, I see the same earmarks of totalitarianism, and I find that personally quite troubling".
That said, the company has been making slight overtures to the Chinese people.
After leaving China nearly a decade ago, Google might be going back.
The Android app could launch in six to nine months as part of a joint venture with an unnamed partner company, likely in China. They claim that Google has already demonstrated the service to the Chinese government, with negotiations between them ongoing.
While there is no guarantee that Google will return to China, the company has not denied the veracity of the reports. It would also block sites like the BBC and Wikipedia.
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One of the largest and fastest-growing Internet audiences in the world, China is tempting for US technology companies such as Google and Facebook, which have been making overtures to Beijing.
But according to a report from The Intercept, the USA tech giant now wants to return to the world's biggest single market for internet users.
What has been censored in China's has varied somewhat over the years.
Google pulled out of China in 2010 after criticism from civil rights groups and the United States government for censoring results leaving the market to Baidu.
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Despite its main search engine and YouTube video platform being blocked, Google still has more than 700 employees and three offices in China, and has been developing alternative projects.