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Sundar Pichai: Google 'exploring' censored China search app

18 October 2018

Furthermore, users receive better information than what's now available on the Chinese market, such as when searching for cancer treatments, Pichai said. Pichai maintains Google's principles would be advanced by reentering the lucrative Chinese market.

When the decision to step away from JEDI was announced, Google also revealed the plans to completely scrap Google+, post-exposure of the massive software glitch that provided unauthorized invaders potential access to private profile data.

Once again, Google is planning to make it to the Chinese market with an aim to make Google China's default search browser.

GOOGLE CEO Sundar Pichai has spoken out for the first time about the company's controversial plans to launch a search engine tailored for users in China.

China is one of the most populous countries in the world.

Google famously left the Chinese market eight years ago because it was no longer willing to have search results censored.

Pichai also said that even though it recently announced that would not bid for a $10 billion US Department of Defence cloud contract, the firm remains open to work with the Department of Defence.

According to Pichai, it is still "very early" and Google does not yet know whether it would or could offer the service tested.

The announcement could prompt more questions from US policymakers, some of whom have accused Google of being evasive about Project Dragonfly. How do you feel about Google indulging China's censorship? Prior to his public speech, the news about this research project was between The Intercept, Google representative and Congress.

In 2010, Google had withdrawn its search engine from China to protest against the government's censorship and attempts to hack into Gmail accounts of the country's human rights activists.

But, this project doesn't seem to sit well with many.

Project Dragonfly inspired several Google employees to leave the company, either due to the nature of the project itself or the lack of transparency around it from upper management. Further, Congress and White House authorities opposed this initiative, too.

Throughout this period, Google has fielded a barrage of criticism, from a senior scientist resigning from the company to senators fretting that the company would enable China's "repressing and manipulating" of its citizens.

In March, when word leaked that Google had quietly contributed to Project Maven, a Pentagon effort to use artificial intelligence to analyze drone video footage, more than 4,000 Google employees signed a petition demanding the company stop the work.

Sundar Pichai: Google 'exploring' censored China search app