Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

New censored google search engine for China

New censored google search engine for China

Google's plan comes during a time that China increased its scrutiny into dealings that involve tech firms from the US including Apple, Qualcomm and Facebook amidst the increased trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Google is set to launch a new version of its eponymous search engine created to conform with China's censorship rules.

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According to reports, Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine for China that will block websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest. Google has a complicated history in China and its search services haven't been widely available in the country since 2010, when it refused to censor search results and moved its Chinese operations to Hong Kong.

The decision to develop a mobile search app that would block certain search terms in order to allow Google to re-enter the Chinese market, would open the firm up to allegations of supporting state censorship. It's unclear if the apps now in development would do the same, as Google refused to comment "on speculation about future plans". It's unclear if Google will get the green light from Chinese officials with the escalating trade dispute with the U.S.

Google has had quite the roller coaster ride with China.

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Tech companies have seen pushback from human rights advocates before for accepting demands imposed by the Chinese government.

Reports also claimed that the highly secretive project is only limited to a handful of high-level Google executives, including Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai. It's an Android app, and allegedly a finalized version has been shown to Chinese government officials. Poon told The Intercept that if Google launches a censored version of its search engine it will "set a bad precedent" for other companies.

Search engines - one of the most important things in the world in this day and age - thus, serve no goal in China. In its announcement about pulling out of the country in March 2010, Google blamed the Chinese government's censorship and surveillance policies as antithetical to what the company believes. In the first half of 2018, China's national internet regulator shut down or revoked the license of more than 3000 websites.

China's internet censorship laws are well-known.

Last month, the senator criticized USA airlines for acquiescing to the Chinese government's demands that they remove references to Taiwan from their websites.

Google's strength in mobile would certainly give the company a lead in search and advertising services. Steps in recent years like removing VPN apps from the App store, blocking social media applications such as WhatsApp and Instagram, and restricting access to the ZeroNet website provide evidence as to why the combination of internet censorship regulations in the country is derisively dubbed "The Great Firewall of China".

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