Google’s Other Censorship Problem

posted at 12:13 pm on April 26, 2006 by Bryan

Monday’s Vent pounded net giant Google for helping the ChiComs censor free speech on the net inside China. While Google has been eager to “conform to local laws and customs” in China, it has, until recently, not done the same inside the US. Case in point: Until blogger Stacy Harp went on a one-woman crusade to stop it, Google’s Blogspot hosted a site run by and for pedophiles. Pedophilia is illegal in the US; if Google were to be consistent it should have quickly blocked that site to conform with local laws and customs in the US. But the site was up and stayed up long after Stacy and others brought it to Google’s attention.

It took quite a bit of jawboning, but now the site is down. Did Google finally conform to US law, or did the pedophiles just take the site down until the attention goes away? That’s not clear.

What is clear is that Google defied its own “Don’t Be Evil” motto. There isn’t anything more evil than pedophilia, and Google didn’t police its sites (outside China, anyway) to keep that evil offline.


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Thank you for mentioning this very important topic. Just so you know, Google did not remove these blogs. Google has refused to listen to any of the bloggers who have contacted them. The pedophiles started playing games and we called the FBI. Any website we find or you find needs to be reported to The Cyber Tip Line. Cyber Tip Line. For more information on the other interviews I did, click on over to my podcast page ACM Podcast

Thank you again! The kids and I appreciate this so much!

stacyharp on April 26, 2006 at 2:23 PM

Typical liberal hypocrisy I’m afraid. It’s very sad.

freya4freedom on April 26, 2006 at 3:28 PM

Thank you for mentioning this. I’ve been very disappointed by Google on this subject, it’s time this was brought out into the open more. Google and others like it have so much potential to bring information to people who need it, and then they start censoring… Sad.

high_desert_wanderer on April 26, 2006 at 3:49 PM

It is truely a sad state of affairs when corporations will turn their eye’s from something as vile as phedophilia, but will censor information that would inform the people of China of the evil of Communism!!!

submarine_guy on April 26, 2006 at 4:02 PM

submarine guy said:
“It is truely a sad state of affairs when corporations will turn their eye’s from something as vile as phedophilia, but will censor information that would inform the people of China of the evil of Communism!!!”

That’s because corporate America (and liberals/leftists) has gotten so PC it will not acknowledge that there is Evil in the world. To believe in the concept of Evil one has to accept the concept of Good. In that case then one would have to believe in moral absolutes, and not just viewing morality in shades of gray. The only thing that they may deign to view as Evil is whatever does not advance their Agenda.

IMO conservatives views morality in terms of right and wrong, and liberals/leftists view morality in terms of one’s position on their pet issues, ie if you believe Global Warming is real, then you are Moral to a liberal.

geekrunner on April 26, 2006 at 4:35 PM

Agreed, geekrunner, agreed.

submarine_guy on April 26, 2006 at 5:52 PM

amen that Geek runner

Solid_Snake on April 27, 2006 at 7:41 AM

I’m not really sure what’s going on at Google anymore. It seems like its management is in disarray. The founders aren’t necessarily the clearest voices out of the company these days, and in general its product line seems more geared toward enchancing Google’s prestige (stock price) than servicing the public good.

Tom Shakely on April 28, 2006 at 2:11 AM