Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Google to launch CENSORED search engine in China

Google in China Report: Google's Plan to Launch Censored Search Engine in China Revealed
Lori Graves | 04 August, 2018, 14:16

"Documents seen by The Intercept, marked 'Google confidential, ' say that Google's Chinese search app will automatically identify and filter websites blocked by the Great Firewall".

In order to deliver this censored version of its search service, Google is working on a custom Android app which has had different internal names including Maotai and Longfei.

Google's search and news services have been unavailable in China for around eight years, because of the company's refusal to bow to the Communist Party's censorship demands.

However, if/when that Android app launches, it won't be the same version of Google Search you and I are familiar with. And Chinese technology companies must provide the government access to information on their users.

When Google pulled out of China in 2010, co-founder Sergey Brin voiced strong objections to any form of censorship having been born in the Soviet Union.

"The reality is that they will be serving the Chinese government", said Lockman Tsui, former head of free expression for Google in Asia. In the first half of 2018, China's national internet regulator shut down or revoked the license of more than 3000 websites.

Google strictly controlled the information regarding the development of the app, with only a few hundred even knowing about the project, less than one percent of Google's 88,000 strong workforce.

Depending on when the Chinese government approves the "toned down" Google, the app could launch anytime in the next 6-9 months. A Google representative told Business Insider, "We don't comment on speculation about future plans".

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin, whose parents brought him to the U.S.to escape communist Russian Federation, led a dramatic exit from mainland China in 2010 after the company refused to self-censor search content. Brin has stepped back from day-to-day operations and the internet giant is now run by Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai. In a congressional hearing that year on the activities of USA technology companies in China, Google was called a "functionary of the Chinese government".

It could make sense for the tech giant to reintroduce its search engine in China, considering the country is now the biggest internet market in the world.

China's search sector is now dominated by Baidu, which heavily censors its searches.

Recently, Google removed its long-time unofficial motto, "don't be evil," from its corporate code of conduct.

To some at Google, the company appears to have dramatically changed its thinking on at least some moral issues.

The initiative would represent the first time in nearly a decade that Google has operated its search engine in the country, whose Great Firewall now blocks its service.

We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement...

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