Googles’s Code of Conduct no longer says Don’t Be Evil

Story here: Google Removes 'Don't Be Evil' Clause From Its Code of Conduct

Shocked! Shocked, I tell you!!!

Eh, Google has been evil since about 1998; it simply took a while to bring all the pages up to date.

This is unrelated to the news that Google has started selling AI technology to the US military, right? Please someone tell me it’s a total coincidence. :eek:

The code of conduct still contains “don’t be evil”, but in the closing phrase instead of as the central motto (and the Gizmodo article admits that). I’m having a hard time being indignant about this. But, as Rysto points out, the timing sucks.

It’s just a matter of principle. Setting that up as your motto says a little bit about your values. It’s fair for the cynical to snicker and take a “wait and see” attitude, but still, it shows a certain thoughtfulness.

But taking it out? That is a statement of intent; it’s full-on creepy.


Content of story:

That’s some fine journalism.

They even buried the actual fact that contradicted the clickbait title down at the bottom of the article. To see that the title is BS you have to scroll past all the ads on the page. Hmmmm

The fact that you have to put “don’t be evil” in your initial business plan show exactly where you know it’s going.