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Google plans return to China with censored search engine

Reported project would mark major shift after 8-year absence

Google entered China in 2000 and left in 2010. Its main search engine as well as its YouTube platform is blocked there.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Google is reportedly creating a censored version of its search engine for China, reversing course after exiting the country eight years ago in protest against its restrictions on information.

The project, dubbed Dragonfly, has been in production since 2017, according to online newssite The Intercept. It is being built as an Android app that will reportedly "blacklist sensitive queries" such as religion, the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, and information about Chinese leadership. Foreign sites such as Wikipedia and the Wall Street Journal will also be subject to editing.

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