Google Shareholders Support Censorship?

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During the Vietnam War, an American major said, “It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.”  Well, in a slight twist on that, Google’s shareholders have decided that they must continue censoring Google China in order to keep it alive.

I don’t say that to render moral judgment on the decision, but to make a catchy opening (hey, we’re all friends here).  In any event, Google’s shareholders did indeed vote down what Google+shareholders+vote+down+proposal+on+censorship/2100-1038_3-6182997.html”>CNET’s Elinor Mills called “a proposal . . . to require the search giant to set policies to protect freedom of access to the Internet and not self-censor.”

As our own David Utter reported last month, the Office of the Comptroller of New York City introduced the proposal, and said Office happens to own a whopping 486,617 shares of Google’s Class A stock.  Google CEO Eric Schmidt, along with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, owns a few more, however, and those three fellows also sit on Google’s board of directors – which opposed the proposal.

“Without in any way defending their laws and policies, the censored or omitted data comprises less than 1 percent of the answers,” argued Schmidt.  “The index is better, more relevant.  We believe that as a result, the Chinese citizen has more information and more choices than they would had we not been in the country.”

He may have a point.  Or he may get buried under a pile of angry letters and emails from organizations like Reporters Without Borders.  Either way, Schmidt and Google’s shareholders have made their collective voice heard on this issue.

Google Shareholders Support Censorship?
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  • Alexandre Jaquet

    This is all about the respect of others cultures and each others.

    You can’t blame …

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