Just how Google has actually been tracking ‘outlawed words’ for its censore …


Google has been harvesting data on banned words for its upcoming censored Chinese search engine using a ‘honeypot’ website it acquired a decade ago. 

According to confidential documents seen by The Intercept, the tech giant took over the website 265.com in 2008 after it was founded in 2003 by Chinese entrepreneur Cai Wensheng.

The website is a Chinese-language web directory, that also provides updates on news,  financial markets, cheap flights and hotels. Any search queries entered on the site are redirected to Baidu, China’s version of Google.

However, Google was able to see these search terms and note exactly what was blocked by the ruling Communist Party regime in China. 

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