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, 7 Apr 2007 @ 8:06am

    down with idealism

    I would think that the people of Thailand are happy that Google is removing a video so that they can enjoy the rest of the site easily. Otherwise they wouldn't go to the site.
    I also doubt very much that people in China say, "Damn you, Google, offering us a crippled service because of our oppressive government instead of no service at all."
    Ideals are all fine and good, but no one is served by Google refusing to do business in restrictive countries except other online businesses that are willing to do business in those countries.

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