Tech Giants' Tyranny: Google Is Developing a Censored Search Engine for China
C for China, C for Censorship
The Chinese government has always been in the center of the most interesting yet bizarre new stories throughout history. Their laws have been unique and the entire world’s response to them, even more unique. One of the laws that the Chinese government has long put into effect is their state censorship laws. Subjects like freedom of speech, democracy, religion, and even human rights are not allowed to be talked about publicly and, to be very honest, I feel sorry for the Chinese people.
While these laws exist, global companies are constantly looking to take up some opportunity to turn these into something to contribute to their empires; Google being one of them. Since the shutdown of Dragonfly; a search engine that the company developed to specifically cater to the needs of the Chinese people through the use of censorship, Google has been quiet about any sort of similar development: perhaps a little too quiet. Until recently, the own employees working at Google unveiled the works of the company that have been going on secretly for a search engine that is specifically designed for the country of China.
Despite speaking against it on numerous public occasions, the company is reported to have been working on the search engine by altering the coding patterns that had not been touched since the downfall of project dragonfly.
Advocates of human rights and concerned employees at Google are continually asking for the ownership and the senior management to make stronger promises about completely dropping the whole project rather than just shelving it for the time being. It had been seen, however, that the increasing levels of mistrust between the higher levels of management and the employees is so great that Google employees themselves are doing some digging and finding out facts about any work that is being done on either project dragonfly or any new search engine that is censored in order to comply with the laws and regulations of the Chinese government.
The company seems to be going further down in terms of human rights violation because of another app that it developed that allowed men to track down women’s locations in the country of Saudia Arabia. Google, however, refused to take any action against the app because it claimed that it does not violate its “terms of service”. This is what is angering the public about the company. Their terms of service are outdated and are so vague that major violations don’t seem important to take any action against.
Now since the CEO has failed to make a solid promise about the letting go of the entire censorship situation, I highly doubt there will be any letting go at all. They will just be waiting for the dust to settle and the employees to move on with their lives to then resume their work on what they initially planned. After all, for