Alphabet’s Google is planning a censored version of its internet search engine for China which will block web sites and particular search terms, The Intercept reported on Wednesday citing internal Google documents and individuals familiar with the plans. The project is code named Dragonfly, and has been running since the spring of 2017, the news site said. Progress on the project picked up following a December meeting between Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai along with also a top Chinese government official, it added. Search terms for human rights, democracy, religion and peaceful protest will be among the words typed into the internet search engine application, which The Intercept said had already been demonstrated to the Chinese authorities.
The finalized version might be launched at the next six to 9 months, pending approval from Chinese officials, it added. Google declined to comment on particulars mentioned in the report “‘Interception”, but noticed that it’s launched a number of mobile programs within the country and work with local developers as part of keeping its domestic presence. China’s main Internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China, didn’t instantly respond to Reuters asks for comment. Google’s main search system is obstructed in China together with his video stage YouTube, but it’s been trying to make new breakthroughs in China. In January, the internet search engine combined an investment in Chinese live flow cellular game system Chushou, and earlier this month, started an artificial intelligence game on Tencent Holdings social networking application WeChat.