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Google is reportedly planning to launch a censored search app in China

Google is reportedly planning to launch a censored search app in China

Google is testing a mobile version of its search engine that will adhere to the Chinese government's censorship demands, including the blocking of certain websites and search terms, according to multiple reports.

Some of Google's own employees were reportedly not happy about the prospect of offering a censored search to appease China's government. The relations between the tech giant and the Chinese government never really got better, and most Google services are still barred in China. The market dwarfs any other, given how many Chinese people are online, and data from that "can be used to advance products, especially those relating to artificial intelligence", person close to the development said.

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. For example, it insisted previous year that it wasn't blocking VPNs, which are now one of the few options for Chinese citizens who want to bypass the Great Firewall.

Patrick Poon, a Hong Kong-based researcher with human rights group Amnesty International, stated that Google's sudden willingness to work with regimes that censor information could be a "big disaster for the information age". In the first half of 2018, China's national internet regulator shut down or revoked the license of more than 3000 websites.

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If you take a look at Google's global disruption map, China is among the handful number of red-colored countries that don't allow its services.

The finalised version could be launched in the next six to nine months, pending approval from Chinese officials, it added. "But we don't comment on speculation about future plans", a person aware of the matter told TechCrunch.

However, it appears that Google has now had a change of heart, perhaps influenced by China's estimated 772 million internet users.

The mainland Chinese market, however, has been off-limits to the operations of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which are behind the Great Firewall. It will automatically block any websites or searches that are not approved under the Great Firewall. The companies said they would collaborate on retail solutions around the world without mentioning China, where Google services including Gmail and YouTube are blocked.

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"We believe that Google's return to China is unlikely in the near-term due to the strained relationship between China and USA on trade", Mizuho tech analyst James Lee said in a research note.

It's a reversal of its stance from eight years ago, when Google left China in protest of the country's censorship.

Google had a similar version of its search engine available in China between 2006 and 2010, but eventually chose to retreat from the country following harsh criticism from the United States for its compliance with the government's censorship.

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