Google is planning to re-launch in China and CEO Pichai has a lot to say about it!
Google has been providing its browsing services and affiliated applications across the world, but, surprisingly, Google has not occupied the Chinese Market as of yet. Previously, Google made an attempt to grow in China, but that struggle went all in vain.
Once again, Google is planning to make it to the Chinese market with an aim to make Google China’s default search browser.
Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai has publicly shown an inclination in his statement towards the Chinese market and defended his decision.
At 25th Wired Annual Summit, Pichai elaborated that for Google it is “Important to explore the Chinese market”.
China is one of the most populous countries in the world. Taking that into consideration, it is going to be significantly profitable for Google search engine to occupy the Chinese market.
“We wanted to learn what it would look like if Google were in China. It’s very early, we don’t know whether we would or could do this in China, but we felt like it was important for us to explore. I think it’s important for us given how important the market is and how many users there are.” Pichai added.
For the first time CEO Picahi publicly hinted at the research project devised to get an idea regarding the potential users in China. Surprisingly, such research-based projects are usually kept confidential but google seems to be breaking the norms in this case. Prior to his public speech, the news about this research project was between The Intercept, Google representative and Congress.
CEO Pichai is confident that Google would accomplish its research in China, he considered it as company’s top priority.
But, this project doesn’t seem to sit well with many. Various Google employees suggested the company to drop off this research. Further, Congress and White House authorities opposed this initiative, too.
In the month of August 2018, Google’s research scientist, Jack Paulson gave his resignation publicly and considered the re-launch of Google in China as an unethical practice by the company.
“I was compelled to resign my position on August 31, 2018, in the wake of a pattern of unethical and unaccountable decision making from company leadership,” Poulson mentioned in his resignation letter.
According to the New York Times, Poulson made his decision after the meeting with Google’s AI dean who had a complete insight into the project’s detail. Afterward, Google restricted the employee’s access to the Chinese research project in order to avoid such issues.
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