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Google is working on a censored version of its search engine in China, which will restrict content related to human rights, democracy, and religion, insiders tell The Intercept.

Google has been developing a censored version of its search engine under the codename "Dragonfly" since the start of previous year, according to a report published Wednesday by The Intercept, which cites internal documents provided by a whistleblower.

The plan, which was criticized by human rights advocates, comes as China has stepped up scrutiny of business dealings involving USA tech firms including Facebook Inc, Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc amid intensifying trade tensions between Beijing and Washington.

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Reports that Alphabet Inc's Google may return to the Chinese market are not true, state-owned China Securities Daily reported on Thursday, citing information from "relevant departments". And some Google (googl) employees are reportedly not wild about this new push. "This person added the product is controversial internally because it would represent Google accepting censorship". China is already censoring Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. A writer, professor, human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize victor and dissident, Xiaobo had been an enemy of the Communist regime in China since taking part in the student protests in 1989 - protests that led to the bloody Tiananmen Square Massacre. It is unclear whether Google will launch a desktop version of its China search platform.

Google's Android already has the largest market share of any operating system in China, now accounting for roughly 51 percent of all devices. Between 2006 and 2010, Google actually ran a censored version of its search engine in China. Google's stated values make this clear: Every one of our users is trusting us.

Although the new search engine is not guaranteed to be approved, the report pummeled Baidu shares.

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"There's a huge void, Google can fill that void", said Tian, who is now CEO of Asia Innovations.

News website The Intercept first reported the story, saying the search app was being tailored for the Google-backed Android operating system for mobile devices.

"Fun fact: 2 months before I left Microsoft (for Google) I ranted to my manager about how MS had no values, & Google had a sufficiently strong moral compass to forgo business in China for greater principles", Harris wrote.

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In the company's absence, Baidu Inc. has strengthened its grip on search in China while Microsoft Corp.'s Bing operates in the country by censoring subjects and words. As a result of this firewall, the vast majority of Chinese citizens are said to be largely unaware of the Tiananmen Square massacre. "Based on our checks, Google had a chance to re-enter China a few years ago with YouTube and Play Store, but both times the company declined for various reasons".

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