Google allegedly working on censored search engine for Chinese market

Report: Google's Plan to Launch Censored Search Engine in China Revealed

GOP senators target DC individual mandate MORE (R-Ark.) on Thursday blasted Google's reported plans to launch a version of its search engine in China that complies with the country's strict censorship laws.

China's state-owned Securities Times reported (link in Chinese) on Thursday that reports of Google 's re-entry in China are untrue, citing an unnamed source within the government, or "from relevant authorities". Between 2006 and 2010, Google actually ran a censored version of its search engine in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all.

Teams of programmers and engineers at Google have created a custom Android app, different versions of which have been named "Maotai" and "Longfei".

The Chinese government now blocks information on topics such as free speech, sex, political opponents, news, academic studies, and controversial events in history, as per a report by The Intercept.

The Intercept obtained leaked documents showing that CEO Sundar Pichai met with a Chinese government official in December 2017, as part of a renewed push to re-enter China. Accordingly, Google started to soften its rhetoric and tone on China within a couple of years after the Gmail hacking.

Human rights group Amnesty International said it was calling on Google to change course.

The initiative is codenamed Dragonfly and is one of several options the company is pursuing for returning to China, the people said, while noting timing is still up in the air.

If true, Urban Meyer has to go
The extension also increased Meyer's salary to $7.6m for 2018, an $800,000 raise over what he was scheduled to earn. Zach Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was served a civil protection order on behalf of Courtney Smith .

His name, his wife's name, his iconic statements, his photos, news of the Nobel Peace Prize, his empty chair at the same event - are all things you can't talk about on Weibo, China's largest social media platform, and WeChat, China's most popular instant messaging app.

A Google spokeswoman said on Wednesday that the company "does not comment on speculation about future plans".

Last year, Apple removed hundreds of apps that allow users to avoid censorship from its download store in China at the request of the Beijing government.

"We welcome a normal Google but not a neutered Google", said Liu Xingliang, head of research at Beijing-based analytics firm Data Center of the China Internet.

A Google spokeswoman told Business Insider that the company was already doing business with the Chinese. The tech giant first made a voluntary exit from the world's most populous country back in 2010 citing restriction of free speech on the company's services.

Facebook's website is also banned in China but the company has also signalled its interest to enter the market.

Almost a decade after leaving China in a huff, Google is now reportedly working on making a comeback in the Middle Kingdom with a search engine that will fully comply with the wishes of Chinese censors.

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