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posted by mrpg on Friday August 03 2018, @12:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the censorship dept.

Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest, The Intercept can reveal.

The project – code-named Dragonfly – has been underway since spring of last year, and accelerated following a December 2017 meeting between Google's CEO Sundar Pichai and a top Chinese government official, according to internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans.

Teams of programmers and engineers at Google have created a custom Android app, different versions of which have been named "Maotai" and "Longfei." The app has already been demonstrated to the Chinese government; the finalized version could be launched in the next six to nine months, pending approval from Chinese officials.

Or does it not? China denies google's plans for a censored version

[...] Chinese state-owned Securities Times, however, said reports of the return of Google's search engine to China were not true, citing information from "relevant departments".

But a Google employee familiar with the censored version of the search engine confirmed to Reuters that the project was alive and genuine.

On an internal message board, the employee wrote: "In my opinion, it is just as bad as the leak article mentions."


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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 03 2018, @02:07AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 03 2018, @02:07AM (#716527)

    Don't care what weasel words you use, they are still supporting a corrupt and over reaching government. I know someone in Alphabet took a business ethics course so they can't feign ignorance.

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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 03 2018, @04:59AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 03 2018, @04:59AM (#716561)

    Don't care what weasel words you use, they are still supporting a corrupt and over reaching government

    And? Is it for Google to refuse supporting them? Is that you have in mind?
    How about Google no longer supporting the corrupt and overreaching US government? Like, I don't know, get out of that market and stop paying taxes?

  • (Score: 2) by darkfeline on Friday August 03 2018, @07:00PM

    by darkfeline (1030) on Friday August 03 2018, @07:00PM (#716891) Homepage

    Unless you live on unclaimed land and don't pay taxes, you are supporting a corrupt and overreaching government. So am I, and everyone else here. You have a few options:

    1. Pack your bags and leave society.
    2. Revolution.
    3. Try to change the system from within.

    Google isn't really in a position to do 1, and it doesn't have the military might to do 2.

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