The Intercept report, unconfirmed by Google, explains how the US company's engineers take samples of the search queries on Baidu to develop a list of blocked websites, such as information on the Tiananmen Square massacre, which it will not disclose on its new search engine for China. The 265.com in question had been acquired in 2008 and it is a hybrid information and search portal which would aid Google in developing an accurate blacklist for the Chinese search terms. Should Google decide to return to China, direct competition with Baidu is inevitable.
Details continue to trickle out about Google's work on a search engine built specifically to appease the Chinese government, which keeps a tight grip on the flow of information in that country. Google would need a host to operate their servers and data centers in the country.More news: Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration has been deferred
Now, The Intercept has done it again and has obtained some documents that allegedly show that Google has been using 265.com in order to get some practice with China's censorship. According to a Fortune report, Florida Republican Marco Rubio, raised concerns on these reports: "What has changed since 2010 to make Google comfortable cooperating with the rigorous censorship regime in China?"
However, Chinese tech firm Baidu said that if Google does re-enter the Chinese internet market, the U.S. business will not be number one.More news: Sports Direct buys House of Fraser out of administration
Meanwhile, The Intercept also reports that a bipartisan group of USA senators wants Google CEO Sundar Pichai to explain whether the Tencent Holdings deal is linked to the censored search app. In addition, there are scores of smaller search engines designed for mobile, given China's large smartphone user base.
"The Dragonfly [codename for Google's China search engine] developers used a tool they called "BeaconTower" to check whether the websites were blocked by the Great Firewall". One group that wasn't critical of Google's decision was the Chinese government. They reckon Google is "putting profits before human rights" and "setting a chilling precedent".More news: Unrelenting torrential downpour continues in Kerala, third shutter opened at Idukki
Right now, Google.com and some of the companies other services, such as YouTube are not accessible in China, but 265.com is not blocked, the Intercept reported. Baidu dominates the domestic search engine space now.