Because of “low usage,” Google has disabled its online translation service in mainland China and redirected users to a domain in Hong Kong that is inaccessible to users from China. A number of users complained that the inaccessibility of Google China Translate was impeding their work on Reddit and other social media sites.
Translate google.CN became unavailable today, at least 10 hours ago. I discovered this after an automated test to access it failed. It takes you to a standard Google search page.
According to a Google spokesperson who spoke to TechCrunch, the company has stopped offering Google Translate in mainland China “due to low usage.”
Another person who was hurt posted: “Yes. Translate CN will be discontinued by Google. It will always reroute to the HK website.” Google had previously canceled its contentious Dragonfly search engine project in China. Concerns about censorship, privacy, and human rights were raised by the divisive Chinese search engine.
Human rights organizations protested Google’s plans to re-enter China through “Project Dragonfly” at its offices in the US, UK, Canada, India, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland, and Denmark. The search engine giant had introduced a search engine in China in 2006, but it discontinued its operations there in 2010, citing efforts by the Chinese government to restrict free speech and block.
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