Rubio slams Google over plans to unveil censored Chinese search engine

Rubio slams Google over plans to unveil censored Chinese search engine
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump Senators offer measure naming Saudi crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi slaying Meet Maduro, Venezuela's copycat dictator MORE (R-Fla.) along with a bipartisan group of five other lawmakers slammed Google over its reported plans to introduce a censored search engine in China.

“If true, this reported plan is deeply troubling and risks making Google complicit in human rights abuses related to China’s rigorous censorship regime,” the lawmakers wrote.

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“It is a coup for the Chinese government and Communist Party to force Google — the biggest search engine in the world — to comply with their onerous censorship requirements, and sets a worrying precedent for other companies seeking to do business in China without compromising their core values,” they continued in the letter.

Other signatories included Sens. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonMcConnell sets Monday test vote on criminal justice bill Trump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report McConnell agrees to vote on Trump-backed criminal justice bill MORE (R-Ark.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenators offer measure naming Saudi crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi slaying Can a rising tide of female legislators lift all boats? Setting the record straight about No Labels MORE (R-Colo.), Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation The Year Ahead: Pressure mounts on election security as 2020 approaches Hillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — NRCC exposes security flaws 2 years after Russia hacks | Google Plus to shut down early | Scathing House report scolds Equifax for breach | McCarthy knocks Google ahead of CEO's hearing MORE (D-Va.), Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — New momentum for privacy legislation | YouTube purges spam videos | Apple plans B Austin campus | Iranian hackers targeted Treasury officials | FEC to let lawmakers use campaign funds for cyber FEC votes to allow lawmakers to use campaign funds for personal cybersecurity Senate votes to overturn IRS guidance limiting donor disclosure MORE (D-Ore.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMore oversight of America’s international media networks a good idea Pro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems Trump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it MORE (D-N.J.)

In the letter, the lawmakers also press Google for more answers on its “Dragonfly” project — the name of the search engine that will reportedly comply with China's strict government censorship law. News of Google's plan was first reported by The Intercept earlier this week.

Rubio and Cotton have opposed American companies working with China and Chinese tech companies in recent months. The two have aggressively railed against ZTE and Huawei’s presence in the U.S. citing American intelligence claims that the companies are a threat to national security.

Cotton has also gone after Google’s business dealings in China before. In a previous letter, he called into question the company’s partnership with Huawei, which he said raises national security concerns.