HUNDREDS OF GOOGLE EMPLOYEES TELL BOSSES TO CANCEL CENSORED SEARCH AMID WORLDWIDE PROTESTS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


HUNDREDS OF GOOGLE EMPLOYEES TELL BOSSES TO CANCEL CENSORED SEARCH AMID WORLDWIDE PROTESTS

MORE THAN 240 Google employees have signed an open letter calling on the company to abandon its plan for a censored search engine in China, as protesters took to the streets in eight cities to condemn the secretive project.

The letter was published Tuesday morning, signed by a group of 11 Google engineers, managers, and researchers. By early evening, a further 230 employees had added their names to the letter in an extraordinary public display of anger and frustration with Google’s management over the censored search plan, known as Dragonfly.

The search engine was designed by Google to censor phrases about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest, in accordance with strict censorship rules enforced by China’s authoritarian government. The search platform would link Chinese users’ search records to their cellphone numbers and share people’s search histories with a Chinese partner company — meaning that Chinese security agencies, which routinely target activists and critics, could obtain the data.

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