Google Founders Admit Censorship Was Wrongby Doug Mataconis
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the founders of Google, have admitted that their decision to acquise in the Chinese Government’s demand for censorship of Google’s Chinese search engine was a mistake:
Google’s decision to censor its search engine in China was bad for the company, its founders admitted yesterday.
Google, launched in 1998 by two Stanford University dropouts, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, was accused of selling out and reneging on its “Don’t be evil” motto when it launched in China in 2005. The company modified the version of its search engine in China to exclude controversial topics such as the Tiananmen Square massacre or the Falun Gong movement, provoking a backlash in its core western markets.
Asked whether he regretted the decision, Mr Brin admitted yesterday: “On a business level, that decision to censor… was a net negative.”
For the bottom line, and for freedom.