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Google’s internal project to bring censored search back to China, Dragonfly, was kept secret until revealed by The Intercept. Internal dissent, objections from senators and the vice president, and worldwide protests followed. Ryan Gallagher reports.
The former Google CEO also claimed that employees building the search engine, Dragonfly, knew what they were working on — contradicting what they have said.
Google normally assesses performance through open peer review. But it is evaluating its censored search team behind closed doors.
A group of employees said Google made hundreds of changes to smartphone apps for the controversial project, thought to be defunct.
Investors, human rights advocates, and staffers continue to criticize Google for a project to bring censored search back to China.
Google reassigned several groups of engineers away from a planned censored search engine after a rift over its use of real internet queries in China for testing.