Google’s search service is launching a version that supports content censorship to be able to enter the Chinese market in 2019.
The Intercept quoted a source close to Google as saying that the company is preparing to launch a Google Search version exclusively for the Chinese market by 2019, allowing the government to censor search results. .
“Google Search Chinese version” is expected to block the ban on Western services including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition, Chinese users will not be able to search for “sensitive” content, such as Tiananmen Square. In addition, foreign newspapers such as The New York Times and the BBC do not appear.
“We offer a number of mobile apps in China such as Google Translate and Files Go. They help Chinese developers and attract significant investment in local companies such as JD.com. However, we do not comment on speculation, “a Google spokesman declined to respond to TechCrunch on suspicion of interfering with search content.
According to some internal Google sources, the search engine is called Dragonfly. In addition, this search engine will be a joint venture of Google and a local company in China.
There has been a lot of speculation over the years that Google will come back to China with a product. This makes many people think of Google Play, not a moderation search engine like Dragonfly.
Previously, Google opened an AI lab in Beijing. The lab is part of a plan to invest in Chinese companies including a $ 550 million deal with JD.com and a partnership with Tencent.
The Intercept says these deals are the first step to introducing Dragonfly to 700 million Internet users, something Google and many tech giants covet.
A week ago, Facebook was approved to set up a subsidiary in China. After a few days, the company was deprived of a license by the government. Facebook has previously built a tool that can be censored in China with the desire to enter the bionic market.