The Intercept has learned that Google is planning a censored search app for China, which will comply with the country’s strict censorship laws and restrict access to content the regime deems unfavorable by automatically identifying and filtering websites blocked by the Great Firewall. Google’s employees are reportedly in an uproar over the plan.
The search app will also “blacklist sensitive queries” so that “no results will be shown” at all when people enter certain words or phrases, the documents state. The censorship will apply across the platform: Google’s image search, automatic spell check and suggested search features will incorporate the blacklists, meaning that they will not recommend people information or photographs the government has banned.
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