Speaking to Brett Crosby last week, I know that “Don’t be evil” is something Google really does consider when making any business decision. That being said when Eric Schmidt makes comments like this, should they just go ahead and abandon it altogether?
â€œWe concluded that although we werenâ€™t wild about the restrictions, it was even worse to not try to serve those users at all,â€? Schmidt said. â€œWe actually did an evil scale and decided not to serve at all was worse evil,â€? he said, referring to the companyâ€™s famous â€œdonâ€™t be evilâ€? creed.
C’mon, since when does one wrong make a right? How large is this “evil scale” and how subjective is it?
Guys, I want to believe that you’re out to do what is right, but statements like this just add fuel to the “mockery-fire” you’re facing right now.
UPDATE: Nathan points out that Google’s motto is actually “Don’t Be Evil”. Which clearly allows them to “do evil” things, as long as they aren’t actually evil themselves. That clears that up!