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Google bullies North Carolina

The Google motto is very nice:

Don’t be evil
The core message is simple: Being a Googler means holding yourself to the highest possible standard of ethical business conduct. This is a matter as much practical as ethical; we hire great people who work hard to build great products, but our most important asset by far is our reputation as a company that warrants our users’ faith and trust. That trust is the foundation upon which our success and prosperity rests, and it must be re-earned every day, in every way, by every one of us

The truth as exposed in this story is a bit uglier:

  • Google demanded tax breaks
  • Google required government officials to sign nondisclosure agreements
  • Google ordered legislation written precisely as the company wanted it

Considering this and many other examples of their questionable behaviour, e.g. the censorship in Google China, I suppose it’s time for Google to change its motto. My suggestion: Don’t get caught doing evil.

via Rough Type