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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    RandomThoughts, 6 Apr 2007 @ 6:28pm

    It is a joke to think that companies can stand up to governmental bodies. It is also a joke to blame Google for doing what they do in China. Should Google not do business in China? Is what they do any worse than any US manufacturer that outsources its work to China? Is it any worse for any retailer that sells products made in China?

    If you are all that worked up about conditions in China, bitch about it to your elected officials, but realize that they can't do a whole lot about it either. China is a superpower and can do pretty much what it wants. Its change will come from within, not from what Google can affect.

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