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, 6 Apr 2007 @ 4:39pm

    This is a tough one...

    Companies are in business to make money, but they do have a responsibility to the societies they serve.

    I'd still lean slightly on the side that they are a company, and they are in business to make money, so they cannot be expected to take the values of the country they originated from (namely the US) and impose those ideals on the citizens of these other countries.

    My statement above is barely enough to get me on the side of these companies, but what really does it is the fact that this restricted content is bullshit. If you really want to get somewhere on the Internet, you can. Period. Putting the infrastructure in place to allow access to US company websites will provide the "road to freedom" should those citizens choose it.

    Only the citizens of the countries themselves can choose freedom (as we in the US see it) for themselves. We cannot impose freedom, Iraq has painfully taught us that.

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