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Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal

Accepted submission by JesusAmieiro at 2018-08-02 09:18:45 from the censorship dept.
Digital Liberty

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.

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