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


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: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @02:44AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @02:44AM (#718083)

    Awwww, did google toss your resume in the garbage can? You must think it is SJW's fault. Too bad and suck it.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @03:26AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @03:26AM (#718089)

    From where I sit they look like they are being censors. They have decided what is 'good/bad' on the internet.

    The internet routes around censorship. Always has, always will. It just takes time.

    But when you have a 150k salary you say 'well maybe they are not bad'. No, they are bad. I personally work for a company that is as bad as they get. I look the other way because they pay a lot. Google is no longer a 'startup darling' it is a behemoth that is unsure where to go after search and advertising. So they are trying their will at the geeks favorite pastime since GIF got submarine patented started, politics. They are smart so therefor their way is the best. It is the smart person fallacy. Once you realize it is a cognitive bias you can move on in your life.

    Go ahead keep on defending the keepers of the faith. They do pay well don't they? They make sure you feel smart? Don't they? You sold out. But you have arranged it in your brain that it is OK. I too have sold out (for more than google was offering). But I do not pretend my company is some bastion of what is good in the world. But it pays very well, is intellectually stimulating, and I go home to my family at 5.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @04:34AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07 2018, @04:34AM (#718108)

      Whoa dude. I don't work for google. They are evil. Sorry to hear that you sold out and work for an evil company. I just get fucking tired of SJW and also people whinging about SJW. It goes on and on. Half of the idiots can't even spell SJW and the other half doesn't know what one is. Many SJWs don't know either. Enjoy your important work!