Google wants to penetrate the Chinese market again and is developing a censored search engine for China that will suppress sensitive search queries and will block the content that is not allowed by Chinese firewalls.
The project named as “Dragonfly” has seen a fair share of controversy including a group of 1,400 Google employees signing a letter demanding transparency in the project. As reported by The Intercept, Google’s senior research scientist Jack Poulson also resigned due to the lack of transparency in the project.
However, Today, Google received a major setback when the U.S vice president Mike Pence called out Google in a speech and said: “Google should immediately end development of the ‘Dragonfly’ app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers.”
His speech was a direct attack on Beijing as he accused the East Asian country of “predatory” economic and military practices.
Google pulled back its services from China long back after a rift with the government, and since then the tech giant is itching to enter the country again owing to the presence of a 1 billion internet users there.