Google's boss Sundar Pichai has confirmed plans to create a censored search app for China that he claims would "serve well over 99pc of queries." Codenamed "Project Dragonfly", the app would block sites banned by the country's ruling communist party, including Wikipedia and BBC News, according to leaked Google documents seen by The Intercept in August. It would also block terms like “human rights” and “democracy”. Mr Pichai explained the controversial project, deemed "chilling" by human rights groups, was started so that Google could see how its search technology would work in the Asian country of 772m internet users. "If Google would operate in China, what would it look like? What queries would we be able to serve?,” Mr Pichai told a crowd at Wired's 25th anniversary summit in San Francisco. “It turns out we'd be able to serve well over 99pc of queries and there are many, many areas where we would provide information … [Read more...] about Google boss says its censored China search engine will serve ‘99pc of queries’
The scale of illegal and offensive online social media content was laid bare by internet giants today who told MPs they had been forced to delete more than 30 million posts in just three months. Facebook, Twitter and Google were called before the Science and Technology Committee to show how they were keeping children safe from online pornography, fake news, hate speech and terrorist content. Karim Palant, UK Public Policy Manager for Facebook, said the social network site had removed three million posts under hate speech rules between January and March, 500,000 more than the previous quarter as well as 20 million images of adult nudity in the first three months of the year. Likewise Twitter’s... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Facebook, Google and Twitter forced to remove 30 million illegal and offensive posts in just 3 months
Google has become the latest tech company to withdraw from a major conference in Saudi Arabia amid growing controversy over the fate of exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Diane Greene, Google's head of cloud, will no longer attend the Future Investment Initiative Conference in Riyadh, nicknamed "Davos in the Desert". The event is due to begin on October 23 and is being co-hosted by the country's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF). It is intended to showcase the nation's future modernisation plans in a bid to attract foreign investment. Google's withdrawal is significant because the firm has sealed deals to build up its cloud internet infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. Earlier this year, it also announced that it would work with a Saudi agency to open five innovation hubs to train aspiring technologists. Those deals, however, may be in jeopardy after prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of … [Read more...] about Google’s Diane Greene latest to withdraw from Saudi conference
Anick Jesdanun, Ap Technology Writer Updated 11:09 am PDT, Monday, October 15, 2018 FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, file photo New Google Pixel 3 smartphones are displayed in New York. Google’s new Pixel 3 phone plays catch-up with Apple and Samsung on hardware. It’s really designed to showcase Google’s advances in software, particularly in artificial intelligence. less FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, file photo New Google Pixel 3 smartphones are displayed in New York. Google’s new Pixel 3 phone plays catch-up with Apple and Samsung on hardware. It’s really designed ... more Photo: Richard Drew, AP FILE- This Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, file photo shows the cameras on the back of the Google Pixel 3 XL, left, and Google Pixel 3 smartphones in New York. Google’s new Pixel 3 phone plays catch-up with Apple and Samsung on hardware. It’s really designed to … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 3 phone aims to automate more daily tasks
By Martha Ross | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 15, 2018 at 5:42 am | UPDATED: October 15, 2018 at 5:53 am Last Wednesday, Kim Kardashian visited Google headquarters in Mountain View, ostensibly to talk about prison reform and mass incarceration. But during her Google visit — which took place on World Mental Health Day — Kardashian tweeted about touring the company’s wellness center, where employees are given access to professionals, programs and services to promote their mental health. In her tweet, Kardashian gushed: “They take mental health seriously at Google. Happy to have spent my #WorldMentaHealthDay there.” I was so impressed by the Google Campus. They have a Wellness Center with doctors daily for health & mental health. Quiet zones & sleep pods for naps. They take mental health seriously at Google. Happy to have spent my #WorldMentaHealthDay there 💕 — Kim Kardashian West … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian promoted mental health during Google visit — but what about ‘unhinged’ Kanye West?