Google might return to China. Here's why that's controversial

Google might return to China. Here's why that's controversial

Google might return to China. Here's why that's controversial

Google and other U.S. internet giants such as Facebook have made attempts to enter the lucrative Chinese market where the Great Firewall blocks access to their apps, website and services.

Google's search engine hasn't operated in China since 2010, when the tech behemoth chose to withdraw from the country due to the very censorship concerns the company now appears to be sweeping aside at Beijing's behest.

Technology website The Intercept reported on Wednesday that Google has been secretly developing an app which would see the company operate its search engine in China for the first time since it shut down its core business in the country in 2010. GOP senators target DC individual mandate MORE (R-Ark.) on Thursday blasted Google's reported plans to launch a version of its search engine in China that complies with the country's strict censorship laws.

Google is set to launch a new version of its eponymous search engine created to conform with China's censorship rules. The internet giant was also one of the victims of a sophisticated hack termed "Operation Aurora" which had targeted other high-tech companies as well.

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Google is working on a mobile search app that would block certain search terms and allow it to reenter China after exiting eight years ago due to censorship and hacking, according to United States media reports.

That system, sometimes referred to as the Great Firewall, includes the blocking of multiple news and social media websites as well as the many search queries or items the government deems problematic, ranging from religion to issues of human rights abuses in the country.

Google responded to the report in a statement to The Verge saying, "we don't comment on speculation about future plans". As a result of this firewall, the vast majority of Chinese citizens are said to be largely unaware of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

As TechCrunch reports, alongside censored search, Google is working on a "government-friendly news app".

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Despite pulling its search engine in 2010, Google now has more than 700 employees in China, according to the Times. They unveiled various bits and stages for Alphabet's possible censored search engine project, but the main source for the rumors seems to have originated in an Intercept report. CEO of Google Sunday Pichai is said to have already met with Chinese officials and the plans are now pending approval from mainland authorities. Apparently both already meet with the government's expectations for control of information flow on the internet within China.

It said an Android app with versions called Maotai and Longfei had been developed and could be launched within nine months if Chinese government approval was won.

When Google pulled out of China in 2010, co-founder Sergey Brin voiced strong objections to any form of censorship having been born in the Soviet Union.

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