Google is preparing to launch a censored Chinese search engine: Report
Eight years after Google dramatically pulled out of China over censorship issues, the company is preparing to reintroduce its search engine to the Chinese mainland, The Intercept reported on Wednesday. Offered as an Android app, the new search engine will “blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest,” according to The Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher.
A Google spokesperson declined to comment on its future plans but noted that Google already offers a number of other mobile apps on the Chinese mainland.
Google has been laying groundwork to return to the Chinese search market for more than a year, according to Gallagher. Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with Chinese officials in December to help secure approval for the project.