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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    reed, 7 Apr 2007 @ 2:51pm

    All Corporations seem to act the same way

    Squik commented,

    "When the shit hits the fan, its called collaboration. I'm sure your parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents for some of you, were not happy to to find Ford and GM engines in Nazi trucks captured during WWII. Even as we went to war with Germany, Alfred P. Sloan, then chairman of GM, rationalized building the Nazi war machine as being highly profitable."

    Thanks for having the balls to bring this up. It points out that we should not glorify everything corporations stand for. They have some good qualities and many bad in my opinion.

    "The only way to give "moral guidance" to US corporations is to affect their profit. Protests and boycotts usually have only short-term effects. And they rarely target all companies equally. Such partial remedies only last as long as the media finds them interesting."

    An economics solution will not work because it is not a truly free market. You don't like what a company is doing? Try their competitors until you find out they own them too :)

    I don't know about giving the government the big bat either because they are far more likely to swing it at a minority than anything real.

    Perhaps the law? any thoughts?

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