Google to Launch a Censored Version of its Search Engine in China

Google Planning to Launch a Censored, State-sanctioned Version of its Search Engine in China


New York, NY – August 1, 2018 – The Intercept has published today an exclusive story by reporter Ryan Gallagher focused on Google’s plans to launch a censored version of its search engine in China. Currently out of reach to most internet users in the country, Google’s search service, if launched as planned, “will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest” and “will comply with the country’s strict censorship law”.


According to Gallagher, “the planned move represents a dramatic shift in Google’s policy on China and will mark the first time in almost a decade that the internet giant has operated its search engine in the country.” According to documents leaked from Google, China will even be able to censor websites like Wikipedia from appearing in search results.


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About Ryan Gallagher:

Ryan Gallagher is a U.K.-based investigative journalist whose work at The Intercept is focused on national security and civil liberties.


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