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Google’s Project Dragonfly ‘terminated’ in China

Google revealed this week that it has ceased all work on Project Dragonfly, its search engine tailor-made for China.

Google’s controversial plan to launch a censored search engine in China has been “terminated”, according to a company executive.

The project was reported to have ceased late last year but rumours that it remained active persisted.

The tailored search engine for the Chinese market was one of several efforts by Google parent company Alphabet that has effectively caused a civil war within  the company.

Google’s prototype Chinese search engine had previously been labelled  as “disturbing” by one of the former employee.

Dragonfly had attracted criticism as a potential means through which Chinese authorities could censor web content and monitor citizens’ behaviour online.

The investigative documents suggested that Google engineers were at one point working on ways to filter out websites – including the BBC and Wikipedia – from search results, based on web censorship in China.

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