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posted by martyb on Tuesday August 07 2018, @12:10AM   Printer-friendly
from the searching-for-an-answer dept.

iTWire:

Only a few of the search behemoth's 88,000 workers were briefed on the project before The Intercept reported on 1 August that Google had plans to launch a censored mobile search app for the Chinese market, with no access to sites about human rights, democracy, religion or peaceful protest.

The customised Android search app, with different versions known as Maotai and Longfei, was said to have been demonstrated to Chinese Government authorities.

In a related development, six US senators from both parties were reported to have sent a letter to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, demanding an explanation over the company's move.

One source inside Google, who witnessed the backlash from employees after news of the plan was reported, told The Intercept: "Everyone's access to documents got turned off, and is being turned on [on a] document-by-document basis.

"There's been total radio silence from leadership, which is making a lot of people upset and scared. ... Our internal meme site and Google Plus are full of talk, and people are a.n.g.r.y."


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @02:28AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @02:28AM (#718078)

    How many of the "brilliant minds" there have been hired to do rather mundane tasks as directed by their supervisor? Perhaps if they had more "settled minds", they would spend more time working on their tasks, rather than trying to be brilliant on internal meme sites.

  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday August 07 2018, @12:52PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday August 07 2018, @12:52PM (#718212) Journal

    How many of the "brilliant minds" there have been hired to do rather mundane tasks as directed by their supervisor?

    Even if that were somehow relevant, mundane is relative. Everything is mundane to the sufficiently jaded eye.