Google slammed by senators over censored China search engine


A group of Republican and Democratic senators slammed Alphabet Inc.’s Google Friday over reports it is developing a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market.

China critic Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, was joined by five other lawmakers on a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Friday demanding answers about the proposed “Dragonfly” search engine.

“If true, this reported plan is deeply troubling and risks making Google complicit in human rights abuses related to China’s rigorous censorship regime,” the letter says. “It is a coup for the Chinese government and Communist Party to force Google the biggest search engine in the worldto comply with their onerous censorship requirements, and sets a worrying precedent for other companies seeking to do business in China without compromising their core values.”

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Lars M. B. Anthonisen is Global Account Lead @ Google. Previously, he held various digital marketing positions at media companies across Europe and Asia including Regional Digital Director at MediaCom APAC, CMO at Adform and Digital Manager at Universal McCann Worldwide.