China is home to about 1.4 billion people and one of the potentially biggest markets for Google (or any other company). As the recent developments have suggested, Google is looking to enter the Chinese search market by accepting the restrictions put by the Chinese government and creating a censored version of its search engine.
As expected, Google’s own employees aren’t happy with the company’s decision. According to a letter obtained by The New York Times, Google’s “apparent willingness to abide by China’s censorship requirements “raise urgent moral and ethical issues.””
The report states that about 1,400 employees have signed the letter (PDF) and it’s being circulated on the company’s communication channels.
This isn’t the first case when Google employees have voiced their opinions against the controversial decisions. Just earlier this year, it was reported that employees protested against Google’s collaboration with the Pentagon to improve military tech.
It’s worth noting that Google’s top management hasn’t yet spoken on the Dragonfly project. However, the report states that in a weekly meeting the employees pressed Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other top guns about the same.
Pichai said that the company’s not close to launching a search product for China. “If we were to do our mission well, we are to think seriously about how to do more in China,” he added.
In the upcoming weeks, it would be interesting to observe the course of this development. It’s also not sure that Dragonfly will ever become a reality, and the recent incidents have made Google’s path even bumpier.