About the only honest thing Google has done recently is remove “don’t be evil” from their code of conduct. As of now Google is banned from China because of the Draconian laws China has put in place restricting free speech. Those days may be numbered. Via Daily Mail:
Google’s secretive plans in China are attracting renewed scrutiny from privacy advocates.
The tech giant is said to be building a prototype version of a censored Chinese search engine that links users’ activity to their personal phone number, according to the Intercept.
In doing so, it would be able to comply with the Chinese government’s censorship requirements, increasing the chances that such a product would launch there in the future.
Recent reports have suggested Google plans to build a censored version of its search engine in China, as part of a project called ‘Dragonfly.’
The app would have to comply with China’s rigid censorship laws, which would mean restricting access to content that government officials consider unfavorable.
Search terms about human rights, democracy, religion and peaceful protests will be blocked from the app.
Freedom of speech should be one issue that both the left and the right can unite on. Increasingly you’re seeing a call for increased censorship by those on the left to police so called “hate speech” or really anything that offends them. It was refreshing to hear that both Dems and Republicans are teaming up at least a little bit on this one.
Google (Alphabet) needs to be broken up. And there needs to be a serious discussion on considering that action for the likes of Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook as well. At this point in their respective domains they really are the only option to reach massive amounts of people. They use freedom of speech when it’s convenient for them, then the whole “we’re a private company so we can do whatever we want” in cases where they want to censor certain groups of people. Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube have all come (or are about to come) to congressional hearings relating to privacy and censorship concerns. They all lie through their teeth because they’re not under oath and by and large these hearings have no legal bite to them at all so these executives could care less that they’re lying. Most of them have most of Congress in their pockets anyway.
But it’s clear there are biases here, as much as they don’t want to admit it. And they are social engineering, and they are affecting how people think and what they think of those running for office, etc. If all of these censorship issues truly are glitches, as they like to claim, why is it only conservatives are the only ones ever targeted? Why haven’t we heard outrage from the left that they’re the ones being censored? Watch a snippet of the video below of Google’s executives lamenting President Trump’s glorious victory the day after the election. That session, one of their TGIF sessions, was an hour long, the entire meeting of which was to complain that Trump won. It’s very hard to believe that the entire board of Google abhors Trump yet claim to be neutral when it comes to running their own damn search engine.
China under Communist rule has been a disaster for its people. There should be some law that prevents American companies from helping a despotic government police and censor its people. “Don’t be evil” being removed I’m sure wasn’t taken lightly. And I’m sure they know what they’re doing is dark, sinister, and purely a cash grab at the expense of individual freedom of those in China. Awful.
There’s a reason freedom of speech is the first amendment. It is the most important. This isn’t even debatable. We’ve taken our liberties for granted for far too long in this country. It is out of control now and action needs to be taken soon or we’ll rue the day we remained asleep behind the wheel.