Google Downgrades Its Famous “Don’t Be Evil” Adage

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  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    Google has officially given up on being the good guy: the company’s famous slogan, “Don’t Be Evil,” has been diluted to a single sentence in the employee code of conduct. Previously, the adage was far more prominent, with several paragraphs dedicated to it. Google defenders claim that “Don’t Be Evil” has nothing to do with human rights, just shady internet business practices like spyware and spam.

    But the world wanted to see it as something grander. And Google never did much to disabuse anyone of the notion. The warm and fuzzy glow Google got from Don't Be Evil was too valuable to quit, even as it became increasingly clear to anyone that worked at the company that the phrase was dangerous. It set a standard that Google, or any for-profit company, could never live up to.
     
  2. Paul_Johnson

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  3. spaceman

    spaceman [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Power corrupts.
     
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    SecretStash Limp Gawd

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    So now they embrace that they are indeed evil
     
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    mullet [H]ard|Gawd

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    We are all the little people. "The Golden Rule" Those with the gold make the rules.
     
  6. Lith1um

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    Google is now embracing the corporate psychopath motto, "Lie, Cheat, Steal, Kill, Win".
     
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  7. dgz

    dgz [H]ardness Supreme

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    Wasn't it "do no evil" though? A lot easier on the tongue
     
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    Google at its core was always an ad company that relied on aggregating peoples personal data and selling it to the highest bidder. So then how can a company with that business model be good?

    People romanticized Google early on because it was that quirky little upstart search engine company taking on big bad Microsoft and Bill Gates and everyone loves an up and coming underdog. Well Google ballooned into what they are now which is a bloated company that makes half assed products with a focus on exploiting its users. So it should come as no surprise that they want to do away with the Don’t Be Evil philosophy.
     
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    Patton187 Gawd

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    I only care to the extent that Google controls waaaay too much of the net.
     
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  10. Lakados

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    And the telecom market.
     
  11. clockdogg

    clockdogg Gawd

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    And the intercom market - they're coming for that next
     
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    Never heard of it.
     
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    With their recent jump into being part of the military industrial complex, it only makes sense they drop the "don't do evil" thing. Now they get to be buddies with Lockheed Martin and Boeing, all while being able to drain taxpayers of even more money with the worlds largest military budget than the next 18 countries combined (using the 2019 budget), or 61% of our discretionary budget. I just wonder when Tesla is going to join the MIC club and milk the taxpayers even more. They already took over $7 billion, I'm sure they'd love to steal more money from taxpayers and public services like NASA.
     
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    Finally! Now we can get those third and fourth pages of paid advertising masquerading as search results!
     
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    Google home..... they are already there!
     
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    That picture of the 3 monkey things would be so perfect if the one on the left had a boner peeking up from the bottom of the picture.