Google tailoring mobile search engine app for China

Google tailoring mobile search engine app for China

Google tailoring mobile search engine app for China

The alleged product will block social media services already banned in China including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, websites about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, global media such as the BBC and New York Times, Wall Street Journal, references to "anticommunism" and "dissidents", mentions of books that negatively portray authoritarian governments, like George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm.

"It will be a dark day for internet freedom if Google has acquiesced to China's extreme censorship". Earlier this year, there was open employee revolt, and a few employees resigned in protest of Google's intended use of its AI technology to support US Defense Department initiatives. The company had to pull its services back in 2010.

Speaking out due to fear that "what is done in China will become a template for many other nations", a Google whistleblower told The Intercept, "I'm against large companies and governments collaborating in the oppression of their people, and feel like transparency around what's being done is in the public interest".

A Google spokeswoman said that the company would not speculate on future plans, but that it did already have a notable presence in China.

Last year, Google said that its second innings will resolve around Artificial Intelligence.

The tech giant had already come under fire this year from thousands of employees who signed a petition against a $10-million contract with the United States military, which was not renewed.

Google's main service is covered by China's "Great Firewall", which prevents access to non-compliant sites.

The company chose to quicken the development of a censored search service after Pichai met with top government official Wang Huning in December 2017, the Intercept reported. "The talks were not going well, this person added".

Google's strength in mobile would certainly give the company a lead in search and advertising services. Eventually, the company chose to scrap the search engine after Chinese human rights activists' Gmail accounts were hacked in a coordinated attack and negotiations with the Chinese government predictably failed to result in any kind of agreement.

For Google, China is an increasingly hard market to navigate.

"The reality is that they will be serving the Chinese government", said Lockman Tsui, former head of free expression for Google in Asia. This would mark the company's return to both the country and the government's stringent censorship.

Google's foray into the Chinese market once more, this time complying with their Orwellian demands, sets a bad example for other internet companies. Winning these people will be an uphill battle for Google, especially if it can not differentiate itself much from Baidu.

Beijing bans outright criticism of the government and mention of sensitive terms such as the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Amnesty International urged Google to "change course".

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