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 @ 9:06pm

    Re:

    It is a joke to think that companies can stand up to governmental bodies.
    China isn't forcing Google to do business there.

    Should Google not do business in China?
    Not if they can't do it ethically.

    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?
    Yes and yes. But whether you can find someone better or worse doesn't really matter.

    If you are all that worked up about conditions in China, bitch about it to your elected officials,
    I concerned about the behavior of Google and I'll voice my concerns to whomever I please, thank you.

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