Google is working on a ‘China compliant’ search engine for China. Google stopped its services in China 8 years ago due to issues of hacking and censorship but is now creating ‘Dragonfly’, a search engine tailor-made for China where access to sensitive topics is kept limited. Google spokesperson refused to comment on the existence of the project.
The banned list of terms in China includes democracy, human rights, religion, peaceful protests. The app would identify and filter out websites that have been blocked by the Chinese Great Firewall.
US Internet companies have long wanted to explore the Chinese markets but have been prevented by the Great Firewall that blocks politically, socially, religiously sensitive content. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the New York Times are all banned in China.