Google staff rally against censored Chinese search engine

Sundar Pichai and Sergey Brin defend Google's investments in China

Google employees question company plans for Chinese search engine

Google employees are protesting the company's reported efforts to build a censored search service that would allow it to enter the Chinese market.

As a direct result of government censorship, American internet giants including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are all now banned in China.

It is also the latest example of how Google's outspoken workforce has agitated for changes to strategy.

Search terms about human rights, democracy, religion and peaceful protests will be among the words blacklisted in the search engine app, which The Intercept said had already been demonstrated to the Chinese government. Some employees have raised concerns that helping China suppress the free flow of information would violate these new principles.

Ariana Grande wanted to marry Pete Davidson three years ago
The attack took place at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017 shortly after Ariana's concert and killed 22 people, while leaving 116 more injured.

The workers asked Google to review ethics and transparency at the company. At the time, Chinese internet users marked the loss of Google's search engine by laying flowers at the company's Beijing offices in what became known as an "illegal flower tribute".

In April, thousands of staff criticised its work on a USA military programme developing artificial intelligence for drones. By June, Google had said it would not renew a contract with the Pentagon for AI work.

Google has not officially commented on the project, but following the letter, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees the project is still in early stages of development and it is still unknown if the search engine would launch at all. Dragonfly and Google's return to China raise urgent moral and ethical issues, the substance of which we are discussing elsewhere.

Over 1,400 employees reportedly signed a petition demanding more insight into the project.

Starbucks Introduces Vegan Protein Blended Cold Brew
Starbucks is known for offering new seasonal drinks and being innovative with their different options for caffeinating the world. The drinks are vegan and come in two flavor options: Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew and Cacao Protein Blended Cold Brew .

"We, the undersigned, are calling for Code Yellow addressing Ethics and Transparency, asking leadership to work with employees to implement concrete transparency and oversight process", the petition said.

Company executives have not commented publicly on Dragonfly and the remarks at the company meeting are the first time the project has been mentioned since details about it were leaked.

TAKING A STAND. Apparently, Google employees were not happy to hear about Dragonfly.

Mr Pichai told staff Google's mission was to "organise the world's information".

5 shot at Cheltenham Twp. Walmart after fight at cash register
A GUNMAN opened fire in a Walmart store in the Pennsylvania township of Cheltenham, prompting a massive police repsonse. They were sent to the hospital, along with another woman, who is pregnant and fell during the incident but was not shot.

Back in 2010 Google had an issue with Chinese hackers and in response pulled out all its major services from the country. The app is said to comply with Chinese government censorship guidelines.

Latest News