Google Finally Acknowledges Censored Chinese Search Engine Project

Having tried obscuring the scope of “Project Dragonfly” in communications with both the public and its own employees – lies that were laid bare by an embarrassing series leaks to the Intercept – Google CEO Sundar Pichai has apparently calculated that it would be better for the company’s public image if he “came clean” about Google’s plans for returning to China, a market it abandoned in 2010 after repeatedly clashing with the Chinese Government over its censorship policies.

And so it was that, two weeks after Vice President Mike Pence demanded that the company kill “Project Dragonfly”, Google CEO Sundar Pichai decided that now would be a reasonable time to publicly acknowledge the project for the first time. However, what Pichai tried to spin as “leveling” with his audience was, in reality, anything but: Despite reports that “Dragonfly” is “larger than many projects at Google” and employs some 300 full-time engineers, Pichai insisted on describing it as an “experiment” that was in its “early stages” of development (details from a leaked internal memo have suggested that “Dragonfly” could be up and running within the next six to nine months)….

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