Google China search engine project ‘effectively shut down’: report

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Google has been forced to shut down and “final” are controversial China search engine project, code-named Project Dragonfly, after the members of the company’s privacy team raised complaints, according to a new report.

The tech giant led by CEO, Sundar Pichai was forced to the conclusion of a data analysis system was used for the controversial project, according to The Intercept, citing two sources familiar with the matter. The news outlet originally broke the news that Google had seen the launch of the app-based search engine.


When asked for comment, a Google spokesman pointed to Fox News to Pichai comments Rep. Tom Marino of last week, where Pichai said:

“At this moment, there are no plans for us to search product in China. We are, in general, always looking to see how you the best it is a part of the core of our mission and our principles to try hard to provide users with information. We have the evidence, on the basis of each country we have operated, our reach, allowing users to more information has a very positive impact and we feel the call. But at this moment, there are no plans to launch in China. To the extent that we approach that position, I will be fully transparent, including with policy makers here, and engage and consult on a large scale.”

Employees of the Mountain View, Calif.-on the basis of Google using the Beijing-based website, which the company bought in 2008 from the Chinese billionaire Cai Wensheng, as a kind of market research to see what search queries were entered. Eventually, the searches were transferred to Baidu, the largest search engine in China. Google famously pulled out of China in 2010 after it said it would not be a censored search services in the country.

According to the report, the engineers who worked on the Project Dragonfly were using the data of a list of the websites that Chinese people see when they are in the same word or phrase in Google. After that, they checked to see if your websites in the search results were blocked by China’s Great Firewall, and the compilation of a list of sites that are prohibited, including Wikipedia, the British broadcaster BBC and others. After getting word of this, the company, the privacy of staff, was “really p-ssed” according to a source in The Interception of the story and the engineers working on the Project Dragonfly were told they could no longer make use of the data.

“The 265 data integral to Dragonfly,” said a source. “Access to the data has been suspended, now that has stopped the progress.”


Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai to appear before the House Judiciary Committee to be questioned about the internet giant’s privacy the safety and the collection of data, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.

After the decision of the privacy team, Google employees working on the app-based search engine used, different data sets, including that of “global Chinese searches entered into Google that is outside of the world’s most populous country, including those in the united states and Malaysia. That has made it much more difficult to collect, the accuracy of the results, and some members of the team have left the project, the report added.

A source familiar with the matter told Fox News that the company has worked on the project and privacy engineers have been brought in, a final launch would be “dependent on a full, final privacy review,” but the company has not yet got to that point. The source added that Google’s goak service of the Chinese users are not “dminished” and the mission of the company is to “create access for all the information about the world to as many users as possible.”

The Dragonfly efforts lead to the dismissal of a number of Google employees and prompted more than 700 sign a letter to Pichai call to be stopped in the last month.

Speaking in front of the House Judiciary Committee amid allegations of anti-conservative bias and privacy violations last week, Pichai said the company’s efforts were just an exploration of what a search engine might look like in a country like China.

“At this time we have no plans to launch [search product] in China,” Pichai said in response to a question from a lawmaker, adding that “access to information is an important human right.”

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This story has been updated with a response from a Google spokesperson.

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