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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) by khallow on Tuesday August 07 2018, @01:55PM (1 child)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday August 07 2018, @01:55PM (#718242) Journal
  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by c0lo on Tuesday August 07 2018, @02:17PM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday August 07 2018, @02:17PM (#718252) Journal


    What are the chances? (compute the probability distribution)

    Or... maybe it's a case of "self-fulfilling prophecy" and the "Totally asked for it" would be closer to the truth?