Sundar Pichai said Google 'investigating' controlled China seek application

Google CEO defended the decision of working on the search engine by saying providing some information is better than providing no information at all

To return to China, Google would again have to filter information that authorities find objectionable.

Google CEO Sundar Pinchai has confirmed the company is testing a censored search engine for a possible launch in China.

"What queries would we be able to serve?", Mr Pichai told a crowd at Wired's 25th anniversary summit in San Francisco.

CEO Pichai is confident that Google would accomplish its research in China, he considered it as company's top priority.

The platform, which still requires Chinese government approval, would reportedly block certain websites and search terms related to human rights and religion.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai publicly addressed his company's plans to re-enter the Chinese market with a search and news-oriented product for the first time on Monday, saying such a service would be capable of serving 99 per cent of queries. If China opens up to the global Internet market, its large population will become potential consumers of companies that are beginning to see their user base stagnating.

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Pichai said that Google is still working with the military on other projects, but is sticking to things it's more "qualified to do". The Intercept reported in August that Google was working on a custom Android app that would comply with China's censorship laws.

"We wanted to know what it would be like if Google had a presence in China".

Pichai said these compromises do not prevent Dragonfly from helping some Chinese citizens, such as those looking for information about cancer treatments. Pichai maintains Google's principles would be advanced by reentering the lucrative Chinese market. "But we also follow the rule of law in every country", he said.

Like Gomes, Pichai said Dragonfly was an exploratory internal project.

Earlier this month, USA vice-president Mike Pence called for Google to immediately halt work on Dragonfly, saying in a speech that it would "strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers".

As Silicon Valley titans often do, Pichai managed to cloak his words in a sunny moral relativism - Google is a business after all, and no imperative more greatly influences its decision-making than the quest for "the next billion users". He specifically mentioned the problem of fake cancer treatments in search results - an issue Baidu has struggled with. The search giant is building a censored search engine for China. A leaked letter signed by more than 1,400 employees cited Dragonfly as an alarming departure from Google's normal transparency.

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