Well That Should Fix Things: Goldman Sachs Implements Email Filter To Ban Swear Words

from the well-*&#%#! dept

You may recall the infamous Senate hearings looking into Goldman Sachs a few months back, where Senator Carl Levin repeatedly quoted an email about how something was "a shitty deal." Included during the discussion was this fun exchange between Levin and Goldman Sach's CFO, David Viniar:
LEVIN: And when you heard that your employees, in these e-mails, when looking at these deals said, God, what a shitty deal, God what a piece of crap -- when you hear your own employees or read about those in the e-mails, do you feel anything?

VINIAR: I think that's very unfortunate to have on e-mail.

(The gallery bursts out laughing.)

...

LEVIN: On an e-mail?

VINIAR: Please don't take that the wrong way. I think it's very unfortunate for anyone to have said that in any form.

LEVIN: How about to believe that and sell them?

VINIAR: I think that's unfortunate as well.

LEVIN: That's what you should have started with.

VINIAR: You're correct. It is.
Well, now it appears that Goldman Sachs has figured out a way to try to prevent that "unfortunate" situation from occurring again. Rather than not selling shitty deals while pretending they're golden, it's putting in place an email filter to block swear words from being sent over email. The filter will apparently even block out **** for those who try to textually bleep their swear words. That'll fix things.

To be fair, the whole "shitty deal" comment did get blown out of proportion. It certainly does look bad, but Goldman Sachs was correct in that it was not acting as an advisor in that situation. Its job was merely to sell the client what they wanted to buy. But, even so, it does seem kind of amusing that the response to this getting publicity is to try to stop the swearing...
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    JNomics, 30 Jul 2010 @ 8:44am

    It's the portion that was excluded just prior to the quoted portion. I agree, my initial comment was not well constructed. But it's the height of stupidity, in my opinion, to be upset with and continue to attack Goldman. They were not and are not the problem and their actions were perfectly legal. The charge was weak, which is why it was settled for a measly sum, and the timing was convenient for the Government given the financial regulatory legislation (legislation which I support) they were looking to pass. And, I think it's silly for a site like TechDirt to be commenting on the matter. It cheapens the rest of the rich content that is on the site. Here's video of the entire portion of the testimony.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_NtV6Rptd4

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