Google employees resign in protest against China censorship

Monday, September 17, 2018

Several Google employees have resigned in protest against the company’s plans to develop a search engine adapted to China’s desire for censorship.

It reports more foreign media.

According to Buzzfeed, seven employees have resigned because of the company’s lack of openness about the project called “Dragonfly”.

Google pulled its search engine from the Chinese market eight years ago because of censorship and hacking. According to the Tech Times, the new search engine should ignore topics that the Chinese government believes has “sensitive content”, such as democracy, speech freedom and human rights.

A loss of values

One of the employees who have terminated is Jack Poulson who has worked for Google since May 2016.

“I see our intention to provide for censorship and monitoring requirements in exchange for access to the Chinese market, as a loss of our values ​​and our state-of-the-art negotiating position worldwide, he wrote in his resignation made by The Intercept.

Ask for openness

In addition to terminations, 1,400 employees have signed a letter delivered to Google’s management. The letter states that the development of a search engine specifically adapted to China’s desire for censorship and control, raises moral and ethical questions about the work they are doing, writes the New York Times.

Google has not commented on the redundancies or the new project, which was made known to the public by a whistleblower.

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