Google planning China search engine that will block results Beijing doesn't like

Google planning China search engine that will block results Beijing doesn't like

One of the largest and fastest-growing Internet audiences in the world, China is tempting for USA technology companies such as Google and Facebook, which have been making overtures to Beijing.

Google, which in 2010 left the search engine business in China, has recently been seeking ways of re-entering China where several products it has are blocked by Beijing regulators.

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.

The Intercept also reports that Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with a senior Chinese government official in December previous year and the government has been shown the service and Android app working.

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The website The Intercept, which first reported the program, said the search engine "will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest". "But we don't comment on speculation about future plans", a Google spokesperson told VOA in a statement.

"Don't Be Evil, unless it's worth untold new riches", wrote Mother Jones national affairs editor Mark Follman in response to Gallagher's reporting, referencing Google's longstanding unofficial motto.

Despite its main search engine and YouTube video platform being blocked, Google still has more than 700 employees and three offices in China, and has been developing alternative projects. Google engineers have created custom apps named "Maotai" and "Longfei", which have already been demonstrated for Chinese officials and could be launched within the next six to nine months. The company also has apps like Google Translate and Files Go available in the Chinese market, but major services like Gmail, Search and Play Store are still not available in the country.

Other Google employees on internal forums said staying away from China had not changed the course of the Chinese government or brought "any positive change", Bloomberg reported. The country's entire internet is effectively "surrounded" by its Great Firewall of China, a joint effort by the state and tech and telecommunications companies to censor the web in accordance with Chinese law.

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The dynamic changed in January 2010, when Google charged that Chinese hackers had targeted Google and more than 20 other Western companies and compromised the email accounts of Chinese dissidents living overseas.

Indeed, only approved content is allowed behind the so called "Great Firewall" of China for its 650 million Internet users. It will set a bad precedent for many other companies who are still trying to do business in China while maintaining the principles of not succumbing to China's censorship. After his death in 2017 - he died of multiple organ failure - the highly censored Chinese internet did not leave room for much of his memories. The same filtering will work with all features of Google's search engine, including image searching, spell checking, and search recommendations.

A women polishes a dais before the Google global Chinese name launch on April 12, 2006 in Beijing, China.

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