Google all set to explore censored search app in china – Sundar Pichai

The chief executive of Google, Sundar Pichai commented on Monday that the plan to use a censored search app in China is currently in the exploratory stage. However, it is too soon to say if the idea would execute or not.

The tech giant had stopped using the services of China over censorship concerns. However, their possible return to the country received mixed reactions from industry experts, employees, and human rights advocates.

According to Mr. Pichai at the Wired conference held in San Francisco, the company is still analyzing the pros and cons of the potential venture. Nevertheless, through internal tests, the company did find that it would be able to serve over 99% of the queries.

"We are compelled by our mission (to) provide information to everyone, and (China is) 20 percent of the world's population.", said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, in an interview to Wired Magazine.

This infographic from, Statista illustrates the market share of top 3 search engines in the Europe, U.S. and China.
This chart shows market share of the top 3 search engines in the United States, Europe and China in July 2018.

On the other hand, the report of Google collaborating with China and their ‘secret’ work on a new Chinese search service – Dragonfly has irritated several employees of the company. Their notion remains that they have been working on a technology that may help China suppress free expression.
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai first time in a public event confirmed the company's internal project to build a censored search app for the Chinese market
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