MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA — A whistleblower has revealed that Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China.
According to internal documents given to The Intercept, the project, codenamed dragonfly, will blacklist 'sensitive queries' such as freedom, religion, human rights,and anything else that's vaguely threatening to the Chinese government.
Dragonfly's search engine will filter out websites already on China's hitlist, with the censorship also extending to images, spell check, and suggested searches.
The mainland already has a tight lid on what its citizens can access, what with the Great Firewall blocking anything from the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre to Winnie the Pooh.
Google had pulled out of China back in 2010, when it still had a conscience, but now its kowtowing to an oppressive regime for a slice of the lucrative Chinese market.
The company has reportedly shown the new censorship toy to Chinese officials and is currently awaiting approval.
It's already playing Big Brother in the free world by censoring YouTube content, so following China's strict censorship laws won't be a problem.
Guess "don't be evil" doesn't apply to China, huh Google?