Google shares ended in the red in the US Thursday, amid news some of the tech giant’s staff have written to the leadership team asking for answers over reports the firm is working on a censored internet search engine product for China.
Google shares ended the US Thursday trading session 0.66% lower at $1,224.06. The stock is also a little lower in out-of-hours activity.
Google staff letter
According to a number of reports, some 1,400 Google staff members have signed a letter to the leadership asking for more details over possible plans to re-enter the China internet market, with a censored platform. The letter also questions the morals of such a move.
“Our industry has entered a new era of ethical responsibility: the choices we make matter on a global scale. Yet most of us only learned about project Dragonfly through news reports [in] early August,” the letter, signed by Google employees and sent to the leadership team, said.
“We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we’re building,” it went on.
“In the face of these significant issues, we, the undersigned, are calling for a Code Yellow addressing Ethics and Transparency, asking leadership to work with employees to implement concrete transparency and oversight processes,” Google’s employees said.
Google still quiet on possible China plans
While Google’s employees have chosen to speak out about the China reports, Google has yet to respond to questions over Project Dragonfly and the letter, according to numerous reports.
After leaving the China market some eight years ago, it’s thought the tech giant is now working on a way to re-enter the country as an internet provider.
However, due to China’s strict censoring laws, it would require a much-altered process that would likely stand against some of the firms’ seven AI principles.