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Google plans censored version of search engine in China

2018-08-01 14:58 by

 

U.S. internet giant Google may be preparing to launch a separate version of its search engine that would comply with China's strict censorship requirements.

The alleged product would block Western services already outlawed in China, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and also scrub results for sensitive terms, such as the Tiananmen Square massacre, and international media including the BBC and New York Times.

The project is a code named "Dragonfly" and has been underway since the spring of 2017. The finalised version could be launched in the next six to nine months, pending approval from Chinese officials.

"We provide a number of mobile apps in China, such as Google Translate and Files Go, help Chinese developers, and have made significant investments in Chinese companies like JD.com. But we don't comment on speculation about future plans," Google said in a statement emailed to Variety.

Google's main search platform is blocked in China along with its video platform YouTube, but it has been attempting to make new inroads into China.

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