by Mike Masnick
Tue, Nov 13th 2007 11:46am
While the legal claim might be shaky, Yahoo must have realized that it was losing badly in the court of public opinion on the question of whether or not it had helped China jail a local journalist for being critical of the government. It can't help when Congress accuses you of lying and calls you a "moral pygmy." So it should come as no surprise that the company has quickly worked out a settlement in the lawsuits filed by families of the jailed dissidents. It probably didn't take Yahoo execs all that long to do the math on what sort of brand damage it would do to have a long, drawn out courtroom battle on the topic. We'll just assume that the timing, on the same day that Yahoo announces an expansion of its mobile search efforts in Asia is merely a coincidence. Either way, hopefully this has other companies thinking twice before taking part in activities that, while legal overseas, may get them in hot water back home.
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