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Google employees are quitting over secretive search project in China

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The Google pavilion during the Smart China Expo this year. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Seven employees have left Google over the company’s secretive work on possibly launching the search engine in China amid censorship concerns, according to a list circulating among Google’s ranks, BuzzFeed News reports.

Why it matters: The project, known as Project Dragonfly, has led human rights organizations to question whether Google is bending its free speech principles in order to take advantage of the large Chinese market. Google would not comment on the matter.

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