According to a leaked transcript coming from a private employee meeting, Google still intends to launch the censored version of its search engine in China.
The project has been slammed by the company’s employees and human rights groups and even Vice President Mike Pence called on Google just last week to “immediately end development of the Dragonfly app that will strengthen the Communist Party’s censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers.”
Google on the other hand has not answered any concerns or questions regarding the search engine, which had been dubbed “Project Dragonfly”, until much, much later, with a statement that said simply that the company is not close to launching the product in China.
Obviously, the leaked transcript comes in stark contrast to that statement. According to it, the company’s Search engine chief, Ben Gomes, held a meeting and congratulated a room full of employees who have been working on the platform, stating that: while we are saying it’s going to be six and nine months [to launch], the world is a very dynamic place.
He continues to say that, though the current political climate makes it difficult to pinpoint an exact time, the employees should be ready to launch the search engine whenever a “window opens”.
In September, the same Ben Gomes had told the BBC that “all we’ve done is some exploration, but since we don’t have any plans to launch something there’s nothing much I can say about it.”