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Google employees resign over censored China search engine project

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Seven employees have resigned citing lack of corporate after the revealed its efforts to re-enter through a censored "Dragonfly".

The company's staffers shared the list of names on an email list dedicated to discussions of ethics and issues at

"Three sources familiar with the matter confirmed the existence of the list, which is made up largely of whose experience at ranges between one and 11 years," News reported late on Thursday.

One of the names on the list includes former Google Senior Jack Poulson, who worked for Google in before resigning last month.

About 1,000 employees signed an open letter asking the company to be transparent about the project and to create an ethical review process for it that includes rank-and-file employees, not just high-level executives, according to CNET.

"The reported resignations illustrate a shifting cultural environment at Google, where employees have been more outspoken, publicly challenging strategy set by the company's leadership," the CNET report added.

This comes days after it was announced that Google Cloud's (AI) would be replaced by Andrew Moore, of

Google's reported plan to launch a censored version of its in has come under heavy criticism from a former of the company's free expression issues who called it a "stupid move".

The giant had launched a in in 2006 but pulled the service out of the country in 2010, citing efforts to limit free speech and block websites.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 17:54 IST
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