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Category / Censorship

Employees publicly call on Google to end its censored Chinese search engine

“Don’t be evil” has transformed from a mantra into a plea. A group of Google employees published an open letter to their employer on Tuesday, calling for an end to Google‘s planned censored Chinese search engine. The 11 co-signees are mostly engineers and joined Amnesty International’s day of action criticizing Google‘s creation of the censored...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook chooses values over profits in staying out of China

That’s a thumbs down on China. In a letter to Congress, Facebook said that it would only provide service in China if it was free from government censorship. In other words, as Xi Jinping’s power over the country intensifies, that’s not likely. SEE ALSO: Google is trying, and failing, to cover its creepy Chinese search...CONTINUE READING
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Google CEO finally confirms secret censored Chinese search engine, is very happy with it

Google is finally going on the record with its once-secret Project Dragonfly, a censorship-friendly search engine for the people of China. Speaking at the Wired 25 Summit, Google CEO Sundar Pichai not only confirmed the existence of the project but also boasted about how well testing of the search engine was going. SEE ALSO: Report:...CONTINUE READING
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Google’s secret China censorship project shares a name with Sergey Brin’s mega-yacht

Well, this is awkward.  As Google employees continue to protest their company‘s no-longer secret plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, one little detail seems to have gone largely unremarked. Namely, that the project shares the name Dragonfly with a mega-yacht reportedly owned by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. SEE ALSO:...CONTINUE READING
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Google never really left China: a look at the Chinese website Google’s been quietly running

More information is leaking out about just how Google is planning to re-enter the Chinese market with a mobile search engine application that complies to the country’s censorship laws. The Intercept first broke this story when a whistleblower provided them documentation detailing the secret censored search project (codenamed Dragonfly). According to them, an overlooked Google...CONTINUE READING
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‘Christopher Robin’ release denied in China, possibly because Pooh looks like Xi Jinping

Winnie the Pooh may be a lovable star of the big screen, but that’s not stopping China from being petty as hell. China’s film authorities have denied a release to the new live action Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While China does not release the official reason for any...CONTINUE READING
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Google is developing a censored news app for China

Google’s recently leaked plans to re-enter the Chinese market doesn’t end with a mobile search engine app. The company is also getting into the (censored) news business. The Information reports that a news-aggregation app for China, which would be government censor-friendly, is under development at Google. Three sources told The Information that development of this...CONTINUE READING
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Leaked document shows Google’s plans for its censored search engine in China

Recently, Google removed its long-time unofficial motto, “don’t be evil,” from its corporate code of conduct. If you need an understanding as to why they’d make such an update, here’s the perfect example. The Intercept is reporting that the company is readying a censored version of its search engine in a custom Android app to...CONTINUE READING
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Belgian museums are uniting in protest against Facebook over artistic nudity ban

Belgian museums are banding together to take on Facebook over the social media giant’s rules on nudity, specifically of the artistic variety. The Flemish Tourist Board is trying to convince Facebook to change its rules over how it treats artistic nudity from Flemish Masters such as Peter Paul Rubens. The tourist board, Visit Flanders, points...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook quietly sets up ‘innovation hub’ in China (where it is still blocked)

Facebook might not be digitally accessible in China, but that’s not stopping it from establishing a physical presence in the country. The social media giant is setting up an “innovation hub” in Hangzhou — the country’s fourth largest city and Zhejiang province capital in East China — which will essentially function as an entrepreneur incubator,...CONTINUE READING
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