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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, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 03 2018, @07:40AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 03 2018, @07:40AM (#716580)

    In Germany, any Nazi-related speech is criminal and can lead to jail. Anyone against Germany for violating the right to free speech?

    Yes.

    Denmark has just passed a law prohibiting women from wearing burqas in public. Anyone against Denmark for forcing women to dress in a way contrary to their religious beliefs, i.e., violating their right to religious freedom?

    Yes.

    Now ask yourself, should U.S. businesses spread the U.S. point of view?

    Which point of view? The US government does not respect freedom of speech either, though it's not as bad as other countries.

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