Google's informal but well-known motto, "Don't be evil," seems to be mere hyperbole as the company once again shows itself to be anything but the great bastion of moral conscience they proclaim to be.
Reported here by Breightbart TV, sixteen-year-old Madeline McAulay's vlog (video log) was removed from Youtube's "Broadcast Yourself" website. Apparently, "Broadcast Yourself" only applies if your views are in line with theirs and the left's.
The video was reinstated after massive reporting in the "new media."
Ms. McAulay's vlog, in essence, stated her belief in Christian principles, and their societal ramifications. She says marriage is between a man and a woman and does so in a mature, non-confrontational, way. Yet, somehow, this video was removed by youtube as not being in line with youtube's "community guidelines." While I haven't read those guidelines in their entirety -- there is apparently a rule banning Christian principles being politely voiced by 16 year old girls. Oddly enough, numerous responses to Ms. McAulay's video directly calling her any number of profane, vulgar epithets - attacking her personally - seem to be perfectly acceptable. Those are in line with youtube's "community guidelines." What an absurd world we live in.
This is not the first time Google ditched its "don't be evil" principles. Google was a big supporter of the proposed "Net Neutrality" legislation, which was the internet equivalent of the "fairness doctrine" (never enacted) for talk radio. The legislation would give government its first big step in regulating the virtually unregulated internet. An excerpt of google's appeal to the public in support of the legislation states:
“In the next few days, the House of Representatives is going to vote on a bill that would fundamentally alter the Internet. That bill, and one that may come up for a key vote in the Senate in the next few weeks, would give the big phone and cable companies the power to pick and choose what you will be able to see and do on the Internet.”
How ironic, seeing as how Google/Youtube is banning videos and denying appeals for people posting their conservative, Christian principles on the internet.
Youtube is owned by Google, whose employees donated over $800,000 to Obama's 2008 political campaign - making it one of Obama's top 5 donors. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google frequently meets with Obama and chats with FCC employees, no doubt influencing decisions made in these arenas.
In the end, money talks.
While I personally have no problem with anyone supporting a political party, I do have a problem with a company proclaiming itself to be the great cyber-supporter of free speech, openness and equality censoring views that aren't in line with their own. Sadly, this is commonplace among progressives and liberals. It's simply another example of a disgustingly blatant hypocrisy.
I find myself wanting a neutral or conservative alternative to Google. Unfortunately, nothing exists that provides the functionality of Google – from its search engine, its maps and Android phone.
My girlfriend would like to ditch her decade-old GMail account simply because this Google's monstrous political head keeps popping up, and I can't blame her. After all, they are making money off our use of their systems, making us indirect supporters of the censorship they promote.
Hopefully an alternative will arise, much as AMAC has in response to the AARP's leftist politicization.
I guess I have a lot of work to do as "the tech guy" here at ITPS to topple Google. Perhaps our motto will be "Don't be Google … that would be evil.”