We now know extra about how Google is growing its censored search engine for China. To adjust to Chinese authorities, Google has been using search samples from a Beijing-based web site it owns to make blacklists, in accordance to The Intercept, which broke information of Google’s work on the censored search engine final week.
Whereas most of Google’s companies are blocked in China, its web site 265.com stays open. The search engine on 265.com redirects to Baidu, China’s dominant search firm, by default, however Google can apparently see the queries that customers are typing in.
Google engineers are reportedly sampling these search queries so as to develop an inventory of 1000’s of blocked web sites it ought to disguise on its upcoming search engine in China. Blacklisted outcomes, which embody subjects just like the Tiananmen Sq. bloodbath, will lead to customers seeing a clean web page, The Intercept reviews.
On Baidu, should you search for one thing much less particular, like Taiwan or Xinjiang, you’ll get a partial blackout the place you may solely see vacationer info and never politically delicate information reviews. It may very well be attainable that Google is taking an analogous tack.
Initially, 265.com was based in 2003 by Chinese entrepreneur Cai Wensheng, who’s additionally the founding father of Chinese magnificence app Meitu. Google purchased the site in 2008, whereas it was nonetheless working its search engine inside China. Google has basically been using the site to work out what Chinese customers are trying to find since 2008, and now that it is engaged on an Android search app, it will lastly have a use for that information.
After reviews surfaced final week of Google’s plans to return to China with a search app, a information app, and doubtlessly cloud companies, US workers reacted in anger and confusion. Administration shut down entry to paperwork associated to the venture. And within the meantime, workers are spreading tongue-in-cheek memes associated to human rights in China, in accordance to The Intercept. One meme reveals a Chinese web consumer trying to find the Tiananmen Sq. bloodbath and getting a consequence saying it wasn’t actual. We’ve reached out to Google for remark.