www. O S N E W S .com
News Features Interviews
BlogContact Editorials

Whistleblower reveals Google plans for censored search in China
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-08-01 23:03:46

Google is reportedly planning to re-launch its search engine in China, complete with censored results to meet the demands of the Chinese government. The company originally shut down its Chinese search engine in 2010, citing government attempts to "limit free speech on the web". But according to a report from The Intercept, the US tech giant now wants to return to the world's biggest single market for internet users.

According to internal documents provided to The Intercept by a whistleblower, Google has been developing a censored version of its search engine under the codename Dragonfly since the beginning of 2017. The search engine is being built as an Android mobile app, and will reportedly "blacklist sensitive queries" and filter out all websites blocked by China's web censors (including Wikipedia and BBC News). The censorship will extend to Google's image search, spell check, and suggested search features.

In the same vein as before, Google cares about freedom of expression and providing access to information. Unless you're Chinese - then you're shit out of luck.

13  Comments - Printer friendly - Related stories
Recent related stories
- AP: Google tracks your movements, like it or not - 2018-08-13
- Google Maps says 'the East Cut' exists; locals aren't so sure. - 2018-08-02
- Google announces its own security key for stronger logins - 2018-07-25
- Bloomberg: Fuchsia intended to replace Android in five years - 2018-07-19
- Chrome OS isn't ready for tablets yet - 2018-07-19
- More related articles
 

Tell a friend
Your full name:
Your email address:
Your friend's email:
Anti-spam measure:
5+2=

News Features Interviews
BlogContact Editorials


WAP site - RSS feed
© OSNews LLC 1997-2007. All Rights Reserved.
The readers' comments are owned and a responsibility of whoever posted them.
Prefer the desktop version of OSNews?