At the US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Karan Bhatia, Google’s vice president of public policy, said Google has terminated Project Dragonfly, a censored search engine project developed for the Chinese mainland market.
And when Bhatia was asked by the Senate whether “terminating” meant that Google would not launch a censored search application in China in the future, he replied: “We have no plans to launch Search in China and there is no work being undertaken on such a project.”
The Dragonfly project was exposed by The Intercept last year. According to an insider’s internal file provided to The Intercept by Google, since the beginning of 2017, Google has been developing a version of the search engine codenamed “Dragonfly.”
However, after the news was exposed, Google was widely criticized, and even Google employees jointly pressured the company to terminate the project. Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified at the US Congress hearing late last year that the company currently has no plans to launch search engine products in China.