Hundreds of Google staff have expressed their opposition to the tech giant’s latest plans to launch a censored version of its search function on the Chinese mainland, triggering support from human rights activist groups, Reuters reports.
In an open letter published on blogging site Medium, the employees said that concessions made to the Chinese government could sacrifice citizens’ privacy rights and facilitate the suppression of truth by banning words such as “Tiananmen” and “democracy.”
“We object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be,” the staffers wrote.
Since its announcement earlier this year, Google’s plan to return to the mainland, codenamed Project Dragonfly, has attracted widespread criticism from company insiders, US lawmakers and human rights groups.
Following Tuesday’s letter, Amnesty International also set up a petition for Google to cancel Dragonfly.