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The Guardian:

Google’s decision to censor its search engine in China was bad for the company, its founders admitted yesterday.

Google, launched in 1998 by two Stanford University dropouts, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, was accused of selling out and reneging on its ”Don’t be evil” motto when it launched in China in 2005. The company modified the version of its search engine in China to exclude controversial topics such as the Tiananmen Square massacre or the Falun Gong movement, provoking a backlash in its core western markets.

Asked whether he regretted the decision, Mr Brin admitted yesterday: ”On a business level, that decision to censor… was a net negative.”

The company has only once expressed any regret and never in as strong terms as yesterday. Mr Brin said the company had suffered because of the damage to its reputation in the US and Europe.

Att det lönar sig att vara trogen sina rationella principer råder det ju ingen tvekan om. (Inte minst om mottot man säger sig leva efter är ”don’t be evil”.)

Hur som helst. Frågan är egentligen om herr Brin verkligen förstår det. I artikeln framgår nämligen följande:

Last year in a speech in Washington Mr Brin admitted the company had been forced to compromise its principles to operate in China. At the time, he also hinted at a potential reversal of its stance in the country, saying ”perhaps now the principled approach makes more sense”. From what was said yesterday a policy change seemed unlikely in the near future… (Min kursivering).

Är det jag som inbillar mig här eller säger herr Brin det jag tror att han säger? Med andra ord: att vara principiell var inte lönsamt förr, men nu är det det. Om det är hans sanna attityd till frågan, då har han förmodligen ingenting lärt sig.


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