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

At stake is the world's biggest online community of 772 million internet users, with nearly half of the population still not connected to the internet, according to the China Internet Report co-authored by the South China Morning Post, its tech news site Abacus and the San Francisco-based venture capital firm 500 start-ups.

China's so-called Great Firewall now blocks access to Google's search engine for most internet users, and the move reportedly in the works would mark a large change in Google's policy towards the word's most populous nation. A few years later, Google corrected that error and stopped censoring results in China, leading to the site mostly being blocked by China's Great Firewall. Google has been making a series of strategic investments into Chinese businesses as a way to indirectly gain access to one of the world's largest markets, but now may be taking a more direct approach.

As TechCrunch reports, alongside censored search, Google is working on a "government-friendly news app". Sources indicate that some Google employees have also claimed that the escalating trade war between the US and China means that approval for the finalization of this project won't necessarily be granted.

It's good that Google's famous "Don't be evil" motto isn't an official motto anymore, because Google is about to do a bunch of evil in the near future if a whistleblower is to be believed.

The Intercept wrote on Wednesday that United States search giant Google is planning to re-enter the Chinese market with a censored version of a search engine, citing U.S. government sources and documents. However, it looks as though Google is now willing to accept censorship in return for access. The biggest search engine in the world obeying the censorship in China is a victory for the Chinese government - it sends a signal that nobody will bother to challenge the censorship any more.

Most popular internet-based applications and websites are banned in China.

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The censored Google products still need to win final approval from the Chinese government before they'll be allowed out into the wild. Once the platform detects controversial keywords, it will filter and block websites that are now prohibited from visiting in China, like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and effectively all adult entertainment content.

Google had cried foul over what it said were cyber attacks aimed at its source code and the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. "What is done in China will become a template for many other nations".

"It will be a dark day for internet freedom if Google has acquiesced to China's extreme censorship".

In December, Google announced it would open a new artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing.

The ongoing trade dispute between President Trump and China's government further complicates the prospect of Google re-entering China's market.

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