A Chinese software startup has become a laughing stock on Chinese social media after claiming to have developed China’s first fully homegrown browser only to be promptly exposed for copying Google.
I think it’s entirely normal for countries – especially large ones – to press the “local products” angle, and I see nothing wrong with Chinese companies and consumers trying to run with the concept. However, try not to fall flat on your face like this.
If that chap took state funds to develop an independent browser .. then did that… which some might view as a security / sovereignty issue ..
.. that chap might be wondering when the knock on the door, the tap on the shoulder will happen.
is Chrome/Chromium available to the average* Chinese web user? If it’s also included in the Google ban, then it’s not like users would ever know, right?
* by “average” I mean someone who doesn’t know about Shadowsocks or VPNs.