Google in China: Internet giant ‘plans censored search engine’

Google is developing a version of its search engine that will conform to China’s censorship laws, reports say.
The company shut down the engine in 2010, complaining that free speech was being limited.
But online news site The Intercept says Google has being working on a project code-named Dragonfly that will block terms like human rights and religion, a move sure to anger activists.
One state-owned newspaper in China, Securities Daily, dismissed the report.
What has The Intercept said?
Citing internal Google documents and inside sources, it said that Dragonfly was begun back in the spring of 2017 and accelerated in December after Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai met a Chinese government official.
It said an Android app with versions called Maotai and Longfei had been developed and could be launched within nine months if Chinese government approval was won.
Both Reuters and Agence France-Presse said separate sources had confirmed the report to the news agencies.
How would the engine work?
The search app would “blacklist sensitive queries”, The Intercept says, identifying and filtering websites currently blocked by China’s so-called Great Firewall.
According to documents it had seen, a search via the app would result in a list with banned websites removed and a disclaimer saying that “some results may have been removed due to statutory requirements”.
It said the BBC News website and Wikipedia would be among those blocked.
What has been the reaction inside Google?
Google has not officially commented on The Intercept report.

Source: BBC

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