Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an interview that the company is operating in many countries around the world where there is censorship and that when a search giant is governed by "right to be forgotten" laws, censored search results match local laws.
Pichai's comments come from the company a controversial attempt to launch a censored search product in China – known as Project Dragonfly – triggered screaming among staff and US politicians during the escalation of the trade war and fear of freedom of speech.
"I am determined to serve users in China, whatever the form, I do not really know the answer," Pichai said in an interview New York Times. "It's not even clear that China's search is the product we have to do today. "
Google has not been available in China for nearly ten years after the company has publicly withdrawn from the country in protest against censorship and alleged government hacking. But in August, news was released that the company is testing a censored version of its Google search product in an effort to return to China, home to 772 million Internet users, the largest online community in the world.
Pichai did not provide any further details about the company's plans in China but stressed his commitment to the market three weeks after he first publicly recognized the existence of a search engine in China.
Dragonfly has been running for more than a year, and the final version of the modified search application will be a black list of human rights, democracy, religion and other issues that the Chinese government considers vulnerable, according to Intercept, who was the first to pull off Google's secret plan for China.
Google executives have faced growing scrutiny by a number of staff and US politicians who have said that Google's efforts in China could help the government "suppress and manipulate" its citizens.
The censored search engine is not the first time Google tried to return to the Chinese market. Earlier this year, Google introduced WeChat, an ubiquitous social application run by the Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings, a mini-game with Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Last year, Google announced plans for a research center in China focusing on AI and invested in several Chinese companies, including the Mobushi Chushou and Artificial Intelligence eSports site as well as JD.com's e-commerce business. – South China Morning Post