Google reportedly working on censored search engine for China

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The prospect of Google returning to China is in line with the trend of several USA tech giants willing to tailor their products and services in order to gain access to the massive Chinese market. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all.

Whistleblowers within Google have outed plans to create a censored search engine for the Chinese market, originally leaking to the Intercept.

The Intercept, citing internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans, reported on Wednesday that the search firm is planning a censored version of its search engine for China that will block some websites and certain search terms. The company originally shut down its Chinese search engine in 2010, citing government attempts to "limit free speech on the web".

Google complying with China's unreasonable demands sets a bad example for other internet companies.

"It is impossible to see how such a move is compatible with Google's "Do the right thing" motto, and we are calling on the company to change course", said Patrick Poon, China Researcher at Amnesty International.

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It would seem, however, that access to the huge Chinese market was too good to resist for Google. Given the size of its audience, this represents a potential missed opportunity for Google's revenue and brand awareness.

Having a native search app for those phones that Chinese users can access would represent a massive boon for the tech giant.

Pichai, who became CEO in 2015 when Google became part of parent Alphabet, has said he wants Google to be in China serving Chinese users.

The app, which has been called Maotai and Longfei at different stages in development, has been demonstrated to Chinese officials, and could release in the next six to nine months. This stripped down version of Google Search is being made for the Chinese market.

Chinese state media quickly refuted claims, saying that reports of Google's return to China weren't true.

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The project is code-named "Dragonfly" and started in the spring of 2017, The Intercept reported.

Any search terms or site that goes against the views of Chinese officials is subject to being removed from search results.

That Google would not care for civic duties - in this instance not just censoring information and knowledge, but also censoring ideological differences and news of human rights violations - is not hard to imagine. At just over 750 million internet users, China itself is almost as valuable as all of Europe.

China has in the past two years imposed increasingly strict rules on foreign companies, including new censorship restrictions.

China is known for imposing censorship on internet related content.

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Last month, the senator criticized USA airlines for acquiescing to the Chinese government's demands that they remove references to Taiwan from their websites.

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