August 29, 2018
More than a dozen human rights groups and other advocacy organizations urged Google to abandon any plans to build a censored version of its search engine in China.
The project, said to be referred to internally as Dragonfly, ‘would represent an alarming capitulation by Google on human rights,’ argued a letter signed by 14 groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders.
The letter is addressed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and comes after weeks of internal revolt at the company, wherein employees have expressed outrage over the firm’s rumored plans to launch a censored search engine in China.
The groups said Google employees and whistle-blowers speaking out against the Dragonfly project should be protected by the company.
‘Google risks becoming complicit in the Chinese government’s repression of freedom of speech and other human rights in China,’ the letter read.
This article was posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 6:30 am