No plans to launch China search engine: Google Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Sundar Pichai on 12/12/2018 said the technology giant has no plans to launch a search engine in China. Google has faced criticism from lawmakers and employees over a search product complying with China’s censorship laws. Pichai said this at the US congressional committee’s hearing on ‘Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use, and Filtering Practices’.
Pichai, who testified before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, had told U S lawmakers in a letter in August that providing such a search engine would give “broad benefits” to China but that it was unclear whether Google could launch the service there.
Pichai told the committee he would be “fully transparent” with policymakers if the company brings search products to China.
“Right now, there are no plans to launch search in China,” Pichai testified. “Getting access to information is an important human right, so we always are compelled across the world to try hard to provide that information.”
Lawmakers and hundreds of Google employees have raised concerns that Google would comply with China’s internet censorship and surveillance policies if it re-enters the Chinese search engine market. Google’s main search platform has been blocked in China since 2010, but it has been attempting to make new inroads into the world’s largest smartphone market by users.