GOOGLE SHUTS DOWN THE PROJECT???

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GOOGLE SHUTS DOWN THE DRAGONFLY PROJECT!!! 

  •  After facing widespread criticism over its censored search engine for the Chinese market, Google has reportedly shut down a data collection system that was key to develop the search project   code-named ‘Dragonfly’.  

  • According to a report in The Intercept on Tuesday, the move comes after hundreds of Google employees raised internal complaints that the project had been kept secret from them.

  • The report found that Google employees, working on the Dragonfly project, “had been using a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for the censored search engine”.

  • The website www.265.com is a Chinese-language web directory service which Google bought in 2008 from a billionaire Chinese entrepreneur.

  • “265.com provides its Chinese visitors with news updates, information about financial markets, horoscopes, and advertisements for cheap flights and hotels,” said the report.

  • “Members of Google’s privacy team, however, were kept in the dark about the use of 265.com,” said the report, quoting sources.

                          "Google was yet to comment on the report."


  • Last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told a US House Judiciary Committee that the company had “no plans” to launch a search product in China.

  • In November, Google employees wrote in an open letter to the company that their “opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be”.

  • “Dragonfly in China would establish a dangerous precedent at a volatile political moment, one that would make it harder for Google to deny other countries similar concessions,” they wrote.

  • Google had earlier launched a search engine in China in 2006 but pulled the plug in 2010, citing Chinese government efforts to limit free speech and block websites.

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