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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 6 Apr 2007 @ 5:32pm

    Re:

    Companies are not people.
    Not true. In the US corporations have legal personhood.

    They are amoral entities.
    Well, legally they are amoral persons.

    A company cannot do evil,
    Sure they can. Getting them to be held accountable is another story.

    It is convenient for employees to be able to assign moral responsibility to corporations, because they think that they are then absolved of it.
    And they legally often are.

    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."
    One of the many advantages of incorporation.

    Corporations: No soul to save, no body to imprison.
    Legally, corporate persons are superior to natural persons. Says something about the legal system, doesn't it?

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