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Google Launching Censored Search Engine in China

The Chinese government and Google are working together to purge anti-Communist results from the search engine's China edition.

By NTK Staff | 08.02.2018 @9:00am
Google Launching Censored Search Engine in China

According to a report from The Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher, Google, in tandem with the Chinese government, has developed a version of the internet giant’s search engine that would censor anti-Communist results inside China’s borders.

Internet companies have attempted to access China’s massive markets for years, but the ruling Communist Party’s restrictions has caused problems for sites that give users access to perspectives from around the world.

It appears China and Google have teamed up to prevent Chinese users from seeing information critical of the Beijing government.

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.

The new search engine will block references to the Tiananmen Square massacre as well as more general ideas like free speech, free press, and “anticommunism.”

In recent months, companies have been bowing to Chinese ideological demands. Both Mercedes-Benz and Marriott apologized to the PRC this year for various offenses against Communist Party dogma. Mercedes made the mistake of quoting the Dalai Lama, while Marriott referenced the island of Taiwan in an online survey.

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