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Why Google doesn't stand a chance in China's search market

Why Google doesn't stand a chance in China's search market

Google employees are protesting the company's reported efforts to build a censored search service that would allow it to enter the Chinese market. They asked not to be identified talking about private matters.

"We are not close to launching a search product in China", Mr Pichai said. Google pulled its servers from mainland China in 2010 over concerns with government censorship, a decision Brin primarily drove. Google spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

"We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we're building", says the document.

Some employees are said to be in favor of re-entering China, saying the decision to exit didn't really cause much trouble to local authorities and Google is missing out on the worlds largest base of internet users. "I think if we were to do our mission well, I think we have to think seriously about how we do more in China", he added, according to Bloomberg.

Company executives have not commented publicly on Dragonfly and the remarks at the company meeting are the first time the project has been mentioned since details about it were leaked.

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Outrage stems both from the nature of Dragonfly - a product that some employees feel violates the AI Principles - and that many employees only learned about the search product's existence from news reports, rather than their own bosses. Pichai pledged transparency as the development process advances and cast the potential for business in China as a boost to Google's mission. Earlier this summer, employees at Amazon.com urged chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos to discontinue partnerships with companies that work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and to end the sale of facial-recognition technology to law enforcement agencies.

"China is one-fifth of the world's population".

According to the report, the secretive project, codenamed Dragonfly, led to a protest by 1,000 Google employees who objected to the company's efforts at supporting the restrictive, state-sponsored censorship.

"I genuinely do believe we have a positive impact when we engage around the world and I don't see any reason why that would be different in China", Pichai said.

Pichai reportedly told employees: "We'll definitely be transparent as we get closer to actually having a plan of record here." on Dragonfly, according to the transcript.


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