Google Hammered by Senators Over Censored China Search Engine
Friday, a group of Republican and Democratic Senators hammered Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google over reports it is developing a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market.
China critic Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), was joined by 5 otherUS lawmakers on a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai 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 world — to 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.”
The letter demands details on Google’s push into China, a market it abandoned in Y 2010 in protest of China’s human rights violations.
Also signing the letter are Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mark Warner (D-VA), Ron Wyden (D-OR)nand Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
“We appreciate your prompt reply to this inquiry, including any views that you are prepared to share as to how this reported development can be reconciled with Google’s unofficial motto, ‘Don’t be evil,’” the letter concludes.
Google said it does not respond to “speculation about future plans.”
Count on it, that response is not acceptable to the US Senate.
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