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UK foreign minister attacks Google over 'child abuse content'

UK foreign minister attacks Google over 'child abuse content'
FILE PHOTO - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks outside the United Nations Security Council prior to presiding over a meeting of the Council at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson   -   Copyright  LUCAS JACKSON(Reuters)
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LONDON (Reuters) – British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said it is “extraordinary” that Google plans to launch a version of its search engine in China that will block some websites, but won’t co-operate with western efforts to remove child abuse content.

“Seems extraordinary that Google is considering censoring its content to get into China but won’t cooperate with UK, US … in removing child abuse content,” Hunt said on Twitter. “They used to be so proud of being values-driven.”

Alphabet’s Google plans a search engine in China that will block some search terms and websites, two sources told Reuters earlier this month, in a move that could mark its return to a market it abandoned eight years ago on censorship concerns.

(Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison)

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