Google reportedly plans to release a censored search app in China

Google accused of 'chilling' complicity in China after plans to launch censored search engine leak

Google accused of 'chilling' complicity in China after plans to launch censored search engine leak

There are now no plans to offer Google search on the desktop in China, but if the Android app gets approved it seems like an inevitable next step.

If (when?) Dragonfly does launch, expect Google to tell us why it took the decision to so, but don't expect any compromises to have been made by China.

Google's current focus is reportedly on releasing their Android app in the country, researchers claim that 95 percent of China's population access the internet via mobile devices and Android dominates 80 percent of the Chinese mobile market making an Android app top priority for the company. This censorship will happen across the board, with elements like image search, spell check, and search suggestions hiding keywords blocked on request of the Chinese government.

Google is planning to bring back its search engine to China after years of banishment, as per a new report.

"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", the whistleblower said, before warning "what is done in China will become a template for many other nations".

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The Great Firewall has meant that Google Search isn't accessible from within China.

China's communist government maintains an iron grip on information in the country, censoring information on the internet on topics ranging from political opponents of Beijing to sex. In order for it to function there, Google would have to agree to adopt the Chinese government's censorship rules and the company has refused to do that for many years. The app will automatically identify and filter websites blocked by the Great Firewall and will notify users that some sites have been removed due to statutory requirements. Even the Play Store isn't spared and Android phones intended for the Chinese market ship without any Google Apps (or GApps) preloaded.

Campaign groups have criticised Google for hypocrisy and assisting oppression, arguing the move sets a risky precedent for other large organisations. It is now expected that Google will launch in China within the next nine months if the Chinese government allows it.

While Google did remove the "evil" thing from this code of conduct, it did leave this mention right at the end: "And remember... don't be evil, and if you see something that you think isn't right - speak up!" 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.

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