Google's Evil Scale Apparently Now Includes Censoring Videos In Thailand

from the funny-how-that-works dept

Wondering why Google's board of directors recommended to shareholders that they vote down a proposal that would require Google to adhere to a set of standards against censoring the internet? Perhaps you just need to look to the situation in Thailand, where Google's YouTube property was lamely banned earlier this week over a single video that mocked that country's king. Apparently, the country is now getting ready to ditch the ban, but only because Google has promised to help them censor the video, not by pulling it down, but by making it inaccessible to viewers from Thailand. I guess on Google's famous "evil scale", censoring one video to make the rest of YouTube available is less evil than having no YouTube at all in Thailand.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Apr 2007 @ 4:40pm

    Companies are not people. They are amoral entities. A company cannot do evil, only people can. Corporations are amorphus and so any pledge from its owners and employees about that company are meaningless anyway.

    It is convenient for employees to be able to assign moral responsibility to corporations, because they think that they are then absolved of it. It becomes very, very easy to perform unethical acts when you can say: "It's not me, it's XCorp. I'm just doing my job." And that's where the 'evil' comes from. Until others hold people accountable for their actions and dismiss this 'get out of jail free' card, corporations will always encourage immoral behaviour.

    Corporations: No soul to save, no body to imprison.

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