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 @ 5:45pm

    No one here has said that Google should try to impose anything on any countries and your suggestion otherwise is misleading. It has been said that Google themselves should behave ethically where ever they go. If unethical behavior is the price of admission, then don't go in. Ethics are not something that apply only at home.

    Your argument is based on the assumption that the world has *one* set of ethical beliefs, namely, the ones you have. The post you quoted said "you can't expect other countries to act the same way as america", basically. Your reply was "No you can't, but really, yes we should".
    All you really did was swap "values" for "ethics", and restate the same point.

    We cannot impose freedom,...

    True, but that does not excuse collaboration with evil.


    The world isn't black and white.

    The choice here is between "no access for anyone in the world to this video" or "don't let Thailand see this video". It's either choose between them, or Thailand gets nothing. You can hardly put any blame on Google in this case. If you were in charge, what, exactly, would you do? Cut off access to the entire country over one video?

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