Jan 25, 2006

Don't be evil, but being a dictator's bitch is okay.

Google is now censoring it's search engine results in China. The Chinese government doesn't like their citizens looking up sites with terms such as boobies, freedom, etc. and has since barred Google from being used in the country. Sensing a huge market surge in the region Google has come to an agreement with the Maoist government.

Now I like Google's products. I use them obviously, but I find the "Don't be evil" motto amusing. When it came out it garnered a lot of press and many websites were praising Google's anti-satanic message. Internet users tired of big corporations such as Microsoft, Sun, and Oracle dominating the market found the search engine quality and mission statement refreshing.

It's not Google's incentive not to be evil, but to profit. Censorship is considered the ultimate Lucifer amongst internet users and yet the shareholders of Google could care less. They don't give a damn about evil or good. They just want to make money like any corporation. Don't be fooled by the hype of any company whether it be Google, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, or GM. Just because they may provide a good product doesn't mean they have your best interests in mind.

"I personally like that Google is pushing the envelope on fair use and other issues." - Joichi Ito

Google Agrees to Censor Results in China


CitySoul said...

online censorship? I don't think so.

Mattbear said...

For a second there, I thought you were taking the moral high ground on this...hard to do given that we work for a company that recently waxed a blogger's site because China said so...but you seem to recognize that all corporations are greedy like that.