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Google officially closes ‘Dragonfly,’ its controversial Chinese search project

Google’s controversial Project Dragonfly has officially been shelved. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, Google’s vice president of public policy, Karan Bhatia, said that work on its censored Chinese search engine had been “terminated.” A spokesperson later confirmed that Google has no plans to launch Search in China, and that there is no work being undertaken on such a project.

Google has been vague about Project Dragonfly ever since it first came to light. Leaked documents indicated that the China-centric search app would automatically identify websites blocked by the country’s so-called Great Firewall, and simply remove them from search results. This would include information on free speech and political opposition, as well as any negative references to authoritarian governments…

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