Google yields to China’s arm-twisting censor laws

Aug 03, 2018, 8:12 AM EDT
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(Source: keso s/flickr)

Google, the internet superpower, has caved to China’s arm-twisting censorship laws as implied by the reports that claim the company is building a version of search engine void of blacklisted content in the country.

The project, code-named Dragonfly, is working on a search app that would “blacklist sensitive queries” such as the ones centering on human rights or religion, a move that promptly drew a backlash from the activist communities, writes the BBC.

The Chinese human rights community was left baffled over the move, which they said, defies Google’s “Do the right thing” motto and marks “a gross attack on freedom of information and internet freedom,” reports The Guardian.