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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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    Jo Mamma, 8 Apr 2007 @ 10:19pm

    Re: Google are right, well sort of

    I agree.

    And I'll just set the record straight quickly (in case anyone is still reading this thread).

    The Thai king has been in power for decades, he is loved by his people and has had nothing to do with the military coup (at least officially).

    The former government was corrupt and the people generally wanted them gone. The military overthrew the corrupt government in a bloodless coup to reinstate order and fair governance.

    Whether or not this will happen, I have no idea (odds are not on the side of military rule), but the Thailand king was NOT just installed and was NOT a party to the coup (again, at least officially).

    Eastern societies generally hold their royalty in high esteem and their local governments in contempt (opposite of the US... interesting, eh?). Disrespecting the king would not please many in Thailand: coup, hardship, or tsunami otherwise.

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